The Torah's picture of one afflicted with leprosy is one of isolation. For me, my four month battle with bed bugs was possibly the loneliest experience of my life. Everything from the self-conflicting instructions on how to prep my apartment to the tortuous fights with my landlords; From the exterminator who refused to tell me what chemicals they were using in my apartment (that didn't work anyway) to the fear that I would be one of those who would still be dealing with the creatures two years later... I was terrified that each treatment in my apartment...would kill me and I was scared to leave my apartment for fear of spreading my infestation elsewhere (which actually rarely happens). And the worst part was, like many others I was ashamed to talk publicly about my situation even though IT WASN'T MY FAULT!
Add social justice to your Passover seder with these 57 haggadah supplements: racial justice, Israel/Palestine, LGBT, labor, immigration, and more.
In our day, we consume a voracious amount, without much thought to how each act of consumption could reveal our relationship to both the physical and the numinous worlds. Does this make us like Nadab and Abihu, offering an unscripted pan of incense in either our ignorance or our arrogance, ignoring the order of things as well as the necessary physicality of the gift that would connect us to the One beyond, thinking that an odor alone will do?
One of the most disturbing aspects of our criminal justice system is that so much of it is hidden from people not directly affected.
In an unprecedented move today, the Reform Movement warned it would engage Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric at AIPAC's 2016 policy conference.
I would defend Cameron-Bure’s right to not talk about Allah on TV had she converted to Islam, so why am I so queasy with her refusing to say “OMG”?
T'ruah publishes a new 202-page guide for fighting mass incarceration as Jewish communities for social justice.
The week-long retreat of the National Havurah Committee is looking for liturgists, musicians, and social justice educators in August 2016.
Tonight...the 5th of Adar, is the 20th yahrzeit of Sara Duker and Matt Eisenfeld, z"l, budding young scholars and idealists who were killed in a Hamas bus bombing in Jerusalem at ages 22 and 25, respectively....Their rich, elegant, delicate, supple manifestation of love of Torah and cultivation of intentional personalities of kindness, joy, endless responsibility, and empathic curiosity left an indelible imprint on many of us who have tended integrated lives of Torah, feminism, and social responsibility. In time for the yahrzeit, my brother, Rabbi Edward Bernstein, Matt's classmate in yeshiva and JTS rabbinical school, published a precious new volume of Matt and Sara's...Jewish writing...Entitled Love Finer than Wine: The Writings of Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker, it gives a deep, broad, and intimate picture of two pioneering young Jewish adults and spiritual personalities whose young lives a generation ago blazed the trail for much of the best of today's Jewish landscape. For this 20th yahrzeit, I am posting here a piece I wrote ten years ago and circulated among friends for the 10th yahrzeit, which also coincided with Parashat Terumah. May their memory be a blessing.
As liberal Jews, we create our own legitimacy; we don't get legitimacy from anyone else's stamp of approval.