Rabbi Alana Alpert delivered this Yom Kippur dvar torah on her recent experiences in East Jerusalem with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.
A D'Var Torah and reflection on Isaiah from Mishkan Chicago's Yom Kippur services: "Because casting off the yoke of antisemitism means building deep partnerships with our neighbors and other marginalized communities, rather than ceding to the existing power structure... It’s not going to be easy, but we’re asking people to show up....
Both Muslims and Jews will be observing Yom Kippur and Ashura on the evening of September 29, 2017-- repenting, fasting, praying and doing thoughtful acts of charity through good deeds. A timely alignment that has the power to transform the challenging and strong emotions many are experiencing due to current events.
So many of the words of our high holidays machzor describe our God as melech, king, judging us from on high. For many of us, God as melech can be tough. The qualities we associate with kings – remote, haughty, erratic, judgmental – are not the qualities we want in a rightful...
Disregard for the non-observant is the opposite of the kind of solidarity we need now. Casting them into the wilderness, now populated by tiki-torch wielding ethnonationalist thugs, is not helping. It is, in the most basic formulation, bad for the Jews.
It was the end of the summer of 2014, and the Gaza war continued with horrific casualties. I stood in the hallway, just steps away from my old high school locker, folding and unfolding my staff orientation schedule. Smoothing it out, I stared down at the words "3pm-3:45pm: Israel This Summer."
This political moment requires acting in solidarity -- having other people’s backs and enabling people to have ours. As Jews, we need practice in both.
Here are two beautiful, justice-oriented pieces about the Shofar and the Unetaneh Tokef prayer.
As our society does teshuva for white supremacy, let us dismantle the idols of oppression to pave the way for a more just and honest present and future.
(The below is a slight adaptation of my sermon for Yom Kippur morning; it argues that concerns of economic and social inequality are perhaps more rooted in Yom Kippur than we typically realize, and as such may be interesting to people looking to think about how social justice appears in the textual...