Allen: Another year’s gone for good. A year of camaraderie; of utility bills; of spirited debates en route to the 125th Street subway; a year in which I hope I’ve grown just a bit more compassionate and thoughtful on account of your company. This too shall pass, though, and so I’ve reluctantly decided to take a step… Read More Chesbon Ha-Blog
Rabbi Iris Richman is a rabbi currently living in New York. She is the founder of Jewish Voices Together, which created for organizing “Wake Up for Religious Tolerance” in NYC. This piece is a response to last week’s post, “Just Another Brick in the Wall,” in which Aron and Allen argued that liberal Jewish communities… Read More Rabbi Iris Richman: 10 Reasons the Kotel Matters
Aron: Had our great-great-great-grandfathers been asked by their children, “What’s God?”, they would likely have responded, “God created the heavens and the earth.” If they had been asked why we pray, they’d probably have responded, “To ask, praise, or thank our Creator.” If they’d been asked why they kept kosher, I assume they’d have said,… Read More What About the Children?
(Originally published on IfNotNow Torah’s Medium account) “And Aaron was silent.” That’s it. That’s all the Torah tells us about how Aaron, the high priest, reacts to the sudden death of his sons. Those four words, though, push us to think about how we treat people who are in pain or grieving. In this week’s parshah,… Read More Shemini: How (Not) to Approach People in Pain
Aron: Over the last few weeks, AIPAC supporters have critiqued IfNotNow’s March 26th protest at AIPAC’s Policy Conference. “How can you say AIPAC enables the occupation when it supports a two-state solution?” they have asked. “And if you want to engage in meaningful dialogue, why not participate in the conference instead of standing outside and blockading… Read More The Case Against AIPAC
Aron: There’s a topic we’ve touched upon in the last few weeks, but I think we should give it a fuller treatment: anti-Semitism. I’m not interested in talking about whether Bannon is an enabler of anti-Semitism (he is), whether certain parts of the BDS movement are anti-Semitic (a few, in effect if not intention), or whether we’ve… Read More Internalized Anti-Semitism: How Do We See Ourselves?
Allen: Aron, In the wake of your decidedly grim Purim post, I’d like to follow up on a more whimsical note. I call it thus because this pet cause of mine will most likely remain on the lunatic fringe until the coming of Elijah. But, hey, that’s what they used to say about Paul Ryan’s budget proposals. Here… Read More Should Liberal Jews Go Vegetarian?