At this time of year, people often make charitable donations. There are many wonderful Jewish social justice organizations covering a spectrum of issues that are worth supporting this season!
Those of us connected to the heritage of Avraham must engage in this difficult work of imbuing the words of our tradition with meanings that honor the values embodied by our ancestors in this week’s parasha of radical respect and generosity.
It was the end of the summer of 2014, and the Gaza war continued with horrific casualties. I stood in the hallway, just steps away from my old high school locker, folding and unfolding my staff orientation schedule. Smoothing it out, I stared down at the words "3pm-3:45pm: Israel This Summer."
The call for religious pluralism in Israel cannot be divorced from the struggle for Palestinian rights.
As a progressive, each year I'm disappointed in New York's annual Celebrate Israel parade. And yet I continue to march.