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Rabbi Michael Lerner Reflects on the Passing of Pete Seeger, Shula Aloni, and Ariel Sharon:
Pete Seeger: A Personal Remembrance
Jan 28, 2014 01:26 pm | Rabbi Michael Lerner
I could scarcely believe my ears when staff members at Tikkun told me that Pete Seeger had just called to ask if he could perform at the first national Tikkun conference in New York City in 1988. I had raised my son on Seeger’s music, and had myself been moved by some of his radical songs. He was already a legend, and I was already a fan when I was in high school.
Shulamit Aloni: Israel’s Most Principled Elected Official
Jan 28, 2014 11:42 am | Rabbi Michael Lerner
Shula Aloni was the most principled Israeli elected official I ever met, a champion of the downtrodden and a fearless fighter for the rights of Palestinians.
Mis-Remembering Ariel Sharon
Jan 30, 2014 02:03 pm | Rabbi Michael Lerner
Ariel Sharon was the father of the settlement movement, and his ideological and practical political moves were all about holding on to the West Bank as part of Israel. He was not a closet peacemaker, and the attempts in the media to portray him as such were nothing short of bizarre.
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Janice Kamenir-Reznik: Photo Gallery: Surviving Genocide in Sudan and Congo
Feb 03, 2014 03:14 pm | Janice Kamenir-Reznik
Ten years ago, the first genocide of the 21st century started in Darfur. It was another in the long list of 46 genocides since the Holocaust, when the world first promised “Never Again!” Despite that promise, we’ve heard a deafening silence from the world as each of these genocides unfolded.
David Harris-Gershon: John Kerry Is an Anti-Semite
Feb 02, 2014 05:03 pm | David Harris-Gershon
At a security conference in Germany this weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry noted that if the status quo persists in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, boycotts against the country will likely grow. This objective observation from Kerry was met with blindingly offensive attacks by Israeli government officials, who tarred Kerry as an anti-Semite interested in Israel’s demise for legitimizing the international boycott movement by … noticing it exists.
Stephen Phelps: Weekly Sermon: A Minor Detail, or a Gospel Mandate
Feb 02, 2014 03:13 pm | Stephen Phelps
Watch the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr.’s Sermon on Psalm 23 and Luke 8: 40-55 as he explores seemingly minor details in the text that, upon further investigation, hold surprising spiritual power and significance.
Sunita Viswanath: Project Prithvi: Cleaning Beaches to Live Out the Hindu Principle of Ahimsa
Feb 02, 2014 09:58 am | Sunita Viswanath
What would it mean to put sacred calls like these into action? That is the question that our group-Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus-is seeking to answer. We are an all-volunteer group of New York–based Hindus who first came together in 2011. Our purpose is to bring a progressive Hindu voice into the public discourse, and to live out the social justice principles at the heart of Hinduism.
Annie Pentilla: Printmaker Michele Ramirez Celebrates Central Valley Fieldworkers
Jan 31, 2014 04:55 pm | Annie Pentilla
For artist Michele Ramirez, California’s Central Valley is a beautiful place whose solitude she captures eloquently in her work. A great deal of history has gone into Ramirez’s prints, which celebrate the history of Mexican American fieldworkers who have been harvesting fruits and vegetables and feeding the U.S. since World War II.
Saadia Faruqi: Peace Through the Hijab
Jan 31, 2014 09:49 am | Saadia Faruqi
On February 1, women in more than a hundred countries will participate in the World Hijab Day. Women of all faiths, even Muslim women who don’t normally cover, will voluntarily wear this controversial piece of clothing for an entire day. The goal is not conversion, but to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – or in this case headscarf.
Sharon Goldman: Snapping to the SNAP Challenge
Jan 30, 2014 04:51 pm | Sharon Goldman
SNAP, the acronym for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known in this country as the Food Stamp Program, suffered in November a nearly five percent cut to entitlements for the millions of Americans who depend on the program for daily sustenance. A Jewish Renewal community on the upper west side of Manhattan, joined others across the country in a five day commitment to curtail their food expenditures to no more than $5.00 a day.
Lita Kurth: Glory, Fame, and Ambition: the Custer Model
Jan 29, 2014 01:50 pm | Lita Kurth
This achievement-compassion nexus can make one’s head spin. A writer friend, Tarn, however, has an approach I admire: she always seems to consider her writing in a spiritual light, as part of her service and connection to others, not just a race for acclaim.
Jeff Garson: Size Matters
Jan 24, 2014 12:20 pm | Jeff Garson
In the last 30 years, there has been an exponential increase in private wealth, and in size and reach of the mainstream culture’s propaganda and reality molding machine; the de-centralized but highly coherent set of values-based messages and cultural cues – compete and win, dominate and control – in which we are immersed. This blog contextualizes these trends; making their magnitude more transparent.
Ira Chernus: Is Israel a “Jewish Nation “? Is the U.S. an “American Nation”?
Jan 23, 2014 06:18 pm | Ira Chernus
As the media spotlight shines on U.S. negotiators talking with Iranians and Syrians, the Israeli-Palestinian talks have faded into the background. They’re still grinding on, slowly, with several contentious issues unresolved.
Arlene Goldbard: The Idiocy of The System: A Cultural Lens
Jan 22, 2014 01:19 pm | Arlene Goldbard
I used to love the original “Star Trek,” each episode a short course in cultural anthropology. The Enterprise traipsed through outer space, often stumbling across civilizations running on a distorted operating system that oppressed some inhabitants to benefit others. The distortions being colorfully different from our own, they were easy to spot.
Jessica Fishman: Finding Fresh Water
Jan 21, 2014 02:28 pm | Jessica Fishman
Rabbi Dr. Haviva Ner-David’s Shmaya Mikveh is Israel’s only pluralistic mikveh. It offers an inclusive spiritual environment to a wide variety of visitors who are often excluded from the state’s public mikvehs.
Timothy Villareal: Make Guantanamo, And All Torture, History
Jan 20, 2014 11:49 pm | Timothy Villareal
On January 11th, the dedicated activists from Witness Against Torture broke new ground: they raised public consciousness about the Obama administration’s ongoing torture regime at the Guantanamo Bay military prison and other military prisons, not by holding signs in front of the White House, but by creating a “living exhibit” at the Smithsonian National Museum.
Valerie Elverton-Dixon: The Power of Unity
Jan 20, 2014 08:26 pm | Valerie Elverton-Dixon
As far as we know, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X only met once. They were both attending the debate on the Civil Rights Bill of 1964, and they briefly exchanged greetings at the US Capitol.
Michael N. Nagler: My Homage to MLK
Jan 20, 2014 07:33 pm | Michael N. Nagler
My personal awakening to nonviolence came one day in Greenwich Village when I happened to listen in to a radio broadcast covering a Civil Rights rally going on somewhere down south. A protester said to the rally organizer, “They beat us, they hit us: why don’t we use violence back?” The leader, whoever it was, calmly said, “Because that is not who we are.” Not only is nonviolence a key to what I want to be, it’s the destiny toward which we have to strive.
David Harris-Gershon: American Dream Deferred: Wealth of Richest 400 Equals that of Nation’s 44 Million African Americans
Jan 19, 2014 10:31 am | David Harris-Gershon
We honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. not just for his heroic championing of social justice, but economic justice as well. Indeed, income inequality was always a central focus for Dr. King, who in 1951 told Correta Scott that “a society based on making all the money you can and ignoring people’s needs, is wrong.”
Craig Wiesner: You Must Remember This, A Kiss Is Just A Kiss, An Executive Order Is NOT A Law
Jan 18, 2014 04:30 pm | Craig Wiesner
Yesterday President Obama spoke about much-needed reforms to how the NSA and other intelligence agencies target, gather, store, sift through, and disseminate “intelligence” information. As president, he can issue executive orders which must be obeyed by those within his chain of command, and that gives him significant power to change the way things are done.
William Bole: Minimum Wage: Rare Case of Moral Consensus
Jan 17, 2014 02:56 pm | William Bole
Picture a world where politics is not so polarized. Imagine that the American people are flat out in favor of a plan that could lift more than a million of their neighbors out of poverty. And they’re arriving at this position not out of narrow self-interests-most Americans aren’t poor-but for essentially moral reasons.
Mark Kirschbaum: Torah Commentary Perashat Yitro: I. Yitro’s Visit As Response II. Seeing the Sounds of Sinai
Jan 17, 2014 01:33 pm | Mark Kirschbaum
This week’s reading is a momentous one, it contains the narrative of the revelation at Mt Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. What is striking is that this week’s reading doesn’t begin with that crucial section, it actually begins with a family visit of Moshe’s father-in-law, Yitro.
MJ Rosenberg: Tide Turning For AIPAC?
Jan 17, 2014 09:18 am | MJ Rosenberg
It’s Friday and things seem to be breaking our way. According to National Journal, Majority Leader Harry Reed is strongly resisting demands from AIPAC Senators to bring its sanctions bill to the floor for a vote.
Sharon Delgado: Fast Track to Hell
Jan 15, 2014 12:25 pm | Sharon Delgado
If passed, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a monstrous trade agreement, will impact every aspect of our lives, and will be the final undoing of democracy itself. Fast track, if passed, will be a fast track to hell.