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The Achilles heel of the religious left

Emily Strauss is a community organizer, and a frequent contributor to New Voices, Jewish Currents, The Forward, and Lilith magazine. Despite the increasing focus on intersectionality within progressive spaces, religion is often a blind spot, causing even interfaith work to leave behind communities that are not Christian. Over the course of the...

In the Orchard, A Poem for Shavuot

IN THE ORCHARD By Julia Knobloch   I say my blessings in the orchard, I have turned over the soil. I give with dubious hands; the intention does not count. We remain a forbidden junction, peaches and almonds. I have only been here four years and you since Abraham. You want a...

Does Judaism Have a Position On Privacy?

Let’s talk about Judaism and privacy. Over the past several of decades, it’s been very common for technological advances to be matched by corresponding halakhic conversations; there are attempts to find the “Jewish take” on heart transplants, or IVF, or Alexa, or nuclear weapons, or whatever. It’s a good and quite modern...

An Open Letter to Nakba Deniers

We are well aware, unfortunately, of the prevalence of denying the Nakba in the Jewish community.  This letter is meant to be shared with those who are still in a state of denial regarding the Catastrophe that Palestinians commemorate every year on May 15. By Ilana Sumka, Jordy Silverstein and Sahar Vardi...