Aron: We’ve spoken before (or at least I have) about problematic parts of the Torah. These aren’t limited to gleeful descriptions of violence; there’s also the prohibition on homosexual sex, the death penalty for Sabbath-transgressors, and a host of other bad things. Each week, though, we read the Torah aloud, bad things included. As liberal Jews,… Read More Torah, Torah, Torah
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: Hanukkah always brings back some warm and fuzzy memories. Dancing around the menorahs, spinning the dreidels, flipping latkes. Most of all, belting out the lyrics to our classic holiday carol: When You [God] has prepared the slaughter for the blaspheming foe, then I will complete with a song of hymn for the dedication of… Read More The War on Hanukkah