Category: Jewish

17 of Tammuz…

I think it’s interesting that the Torah portion for this fast day, sort of a bucket list of Jewish woe (Moses smashes the tablets on Mount Sinai in response to finding the Israelites worshipping the golden calf, during the Babylonian siege we can’t get sheep and are forced to stop the daily tamid offering at the Temple, an idol is placed in the… Read more →

Hanukka Retrospective

  When you engage with Jewish holidays in the US, they feel slippery, like how you only see ghosts and fairies out of the corners of your eyes. But each holiday has its own quality of slipperiness. With Chanuka, first, I never spell it the same way twice, because it comes from a different alphabet, and I don’t trust Spell… Read more →

Nine Philly Rabbis & Jewish community members arrested protesting Dakota Access Pipeline at TD Bank

“In the week in which we read in the Torah the story of the great flood and Noah’s Ark and in which we begin the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, we immerse ourselves in liturgy and narrative about water. Now is the time to honor Native rights and environmental justice by taking action in solidarity,” said Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari, Kol Tzedek Synagogue who… Read more →

Pope Champions Radical Catholic Rabble-Rouser Dorothy Day | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

It was probably because of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Workers Movement that I was able to come to my Judaism–any religion–in an open-hearted way. In the eighties, I went to jail for civil disobedience in Florida around the first test of the Trident2 missile. While all of us 20-year old boys were locked up and bumping egos about who… Read more →