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Antisemitism | Judaism | Religion and Literature

Misdiagnosing Jewish Loyalty

In literature and social media, people have written about Jews to draw boundaries between "in" and "out."...

November 17, 2022
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Judaism | Renewal Judaism | clergy

Centering Lay Leaders in Faith Communities

Rather than wringing our hands about the lack of moral superheroes within the clergy, American rabbis should embrace the shift towards lay leaders....

June 1, 2022

Judaism | hallucinogenics | new religious movements

The Birth of “Pharmaco-Hasidism”

Young Jews are eager to employ hallucinogenics in their practice: they may be connecting to a tradition they think they've left behind....

March 3, 2022
Juneteenth quilt

Black Church | Judaism | deep solidarity | slavery

Now Let Us Sing! Juneteenth 2021

The deep roots connecting Jewish and Black prophetic witness...

June 17, 2021

Judaism | Coronavirus | Community

All Israel is Bound Together

Conversion and accessibility in the digital age...

February 18, 2021

Judaism | American Jews

Stories Make Us Human

A Rabbi's reflections on Passover 2020...

April 23, 2020

Judaism | Anti-Semitism | Jews

Jews and Judaism, Religion and Identity

Placing President Trump's executive order to combat anti-Semitism in the long history of debates about Jewish identity...

December 19, 2019

Donald Trump | Anti-Semitism | Judaism | politics

Free Speech in Poetry and in Prose

What the President's executive order to combat anti-Semitism teaches us about the abuse and misunderstanding of free speech...

December 16, 2019

American Jews | Judaism | New York Times | Media | Anti-Semitism | white nationalism | terrorism

The Cartoon and the Rabbi

Last Thursday, the international print edition of The New York Times published a cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog, with a human head and an unusually large nose, being walked by—or, perhaps, walking—President Donal...

May 2, 2019

American Jews | #MeToo | philanthropy | Judaism

When the Good is No Longer Good Enough

One of the worst-kept secrets in the Jewish philanthropic community burst into the open on the front page of The New York Times last month. Several Jewish women professionals went on the record to recount having been the recipients of sexually sugges...

April 4, 2019