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: 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
Earlier this week, we argued that clergy should take a clear stand on President Trump’s executive order on immigration, even at the cost of courting controversy. On Monday, 20 rabbis did more than that. In an act of real moral courage, they submitted themselves for arrest by blocking traffic during a 200-person T’ruah protest against the travel ban. One… Read More Update: What the Rabbis Did
Aron: Over the past few months, I’ve heard a couple of rabbis say that they didn’t want to be overly partisan. For some, it’s a matter of practicality: they argue that appearing moderate is a useful took for convincing their conservative congregants to oppose illiberal policies. A rabbi I spoke with the other day said that unless… Read More What’s a Rabbi to Do?
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
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?