Four hundred Jews, Muslims, and others attended a public Passover “Seder in the Streets” on the steps of New York City Hall, organized by JFREJ.
Shmuel Rosner misunderstands the Exodus, prioritizing national solidarity above “worn-out political debates”— and is badly mistaken.
Counting the Omer: #TorahForTheResistance
Passover is a holiday about hope against all odds. Even if we do not know what will be, our actions matter and the seemingly-impossible can be achieved.
It just feels hard to breathe these days. So Pesach comes just in time. What can help most of all in the effort to catch your breath is the familiar -- ritual, family/friends, and the chance to think about the pressure on your lungs in new ways. Many of us will add new Haggadot and new ideas to these elements of Pesach, but in the end, the festival will hopefully be a time to breathe. As we do so, we need music to help ensure we can continue to breathe throughout Pesach, and beyond. So for this playlist, we choose all artists of color – African-American, African, Arab, and Asian – whose music speaks of the difficulty of breathing in our society (in a couple of cases, literally focusing on the phrase “I Can’t Breathe”) and the relief that comes when you can.
#TorahForTheResistance in Parashat Tzav: we do ritual to hold space for the world's imperfection -- that's that point.
Last week wasn't the only time the Jewish Defense League wounded anti-occupation Jews and Palestinians. Peter Geffen was there in 1977 when it happened.
Yesterday, Jewish supporters of Black Lives Matter marched into Grand Central to support the family of Ramarley Graham, killed five years ago by police.
Though our world feels far from liberated, our people experienced liberation in some deeply meaningful ways and remembering this is an important tool for helping us move forward.