While I appreciate the Senate's gesture and statement, I am also distrustful. Throughout history, the main way anti-Semitism has functioned has been for people in true positions of power to pick off the Jews to use as their scapegoats, fig leaves and shields to protect them from opposition from the main targets of their exploitation and oppression. They want to divide us Jews from other, oppressed, minority communities, making us unsympathetic of their correct claims of abuse by the power structures, until such a point that minority communities direct their rage at the more accessible Jews, rather than at the true, deep sources of their oppression. This has happened for centuries, and it's happening right now. We Jews have to resist being played as pawns in this way and maintain our solidarity with all oppressed communities, even as we take responsible measures to protect ourselves.
Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block reminds us not to retreat and be silent in the face of the new wave of the Muslim Ban -- and to stand up and fight back.
The election of Donald Trump and the rise of the #JewishResistance movement has led to an amazing outpouring of Torah -- #TorahForTheResistance.
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg explained in 34 tweets the history of anti-Semitism, privilege, and its place with other racisms today. Ron Kampeas added 21 more.
Today, Bernie Sanders at the J Street conference received wild ovation for his denunciation of Trump and assertion of the two-state solution.
This week's Torah portion, Mishpatim, shows how justice and injustice can operate simultaneously in a colonial context. Perhaps it also reveals how injustice can be dismantled.
At a time of increased divides, the New Israel Fund and Israel Story Podcast have put together a live show that deepens the conversation with moving stories of what it means to live together in a shared society.