Tell Rabbi Rick Jacobs to not (literally!) stand beside Nazis at the Jerusalem Post conference, such as White House terrorism advisor Sebastian Gorka.
Shmuel Rosner misunderstands the Exodus, prioritizing national solidarity above “worn-out political debates”— and is badly mistaken.
No matter who is behind the JCC threats, something about antisemitism has changed in the US over the past year.
A lesson from Eliyahu on Mt. Carmel: sometimes neutrality is worse than just joining the wrong side.
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.