Allen: Before we start, I want to take a moment to acknowledge two encouraging signs of progress from the institutions mentioned in our last post. This week, the USCJ, JTS, and the RA issued a joint statement against the appointment of Steve Bannon, and Chancellor Eisen published a strongly worded criticism of Trump’s rhetoric in the Huffington Post. Our… Read More Social Justice Judaism?
Aron: In the face of Trump’s election, our older and larger organizational heavyweights have demonstrated moral cowardice by offering praise and whitewashing his campaign’s hatefulness. The Conference of President of Major Jewish Organizations (CPMJO), for instance, stated, “We congratulate President-elect Trump on his election victory and welcome his clear commitment… to ‘bind the wounds of division’ after… Read More Jewish Institutions: It’s Time to Take a Stand
Allen: Let’s leave God aside for a moment (I’m sure She won’t mind) and talk about that other taboo subject of liberal Jewish institutions: the presidential election. I’m reminded of the High Holidays Untaneh tokef prayer: “Even the angels are seized with trembling as they declare – ‘The day of judgment is here!’” The day of… Read More Did Jewish Institutions Do Enough to Stop Trump?
Aron: Lest someone think all we do is bash Jewish institutions we grew up in, I want to make a sharp pivot and talk about Genesis and loneliness for a bit (who doesn’t?). As we discussed the other day during dinner, the author of Genesis 2 offers what seems to be a strange justification for the creation… Read More Obama, God and Loneliness