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: Let’s talk about the elephant in the Temple: the Kotel. After years of activism on the part of Women of the Wall and protests from the Jewish Agency and a range of non-Orthodox American Jewish organizations, the Israeli government agreed in 2016 to a proposal that would have guaranteed an egalitarian prayer space at the Western… Read More Just Another Brick in the Wall
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, at some point I’d like to turn our focus to the basics of Jewish thought– partly because discovering the nature of our human experience is a worthwhile goal in itself, and partly because, as I’ve suggested before, any progressive religious movement needs solid doctrinal ground to stand on. Beliefs matter. We want to feel… Read More David Friedman and the Parting of the Ways