Rabbi Iris Richman: 10 Reasons the Kotel Matters

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

David Friedman and the Parting of the Ways

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

Jewish Institutions: It’s Time to Take a Stand

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

Did Jewish Institutions Do Enough to Stop Trump?

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?