Do Black Lives Matter?

Plagues that Oppress 42 Million of Our Brethren by the Editorial Board From the Spring 2016 issue of Jewish Currents AT PASSOVER, as part of the ritual of connecting to the Jewish spirit of liberation, Jews recite a list of the legendary plagues that marked the days of resistance to slavery in ancient Egypt. The […]

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The Vote Count Will Count

Bernie Sanders & the Progressive Agenda An Editorial from the Summer 2015 issue of Jewish Currents WHILE MANY PROGRESSIVES are already hoping that the ‘inevitability’ of Hillary Clinton will carry her all the way to the White House in 2016, thus sparing the country — and the planet! — the unaffordable cost of having Republican […]

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Divest and Regulate!

Building a “Fence” around Fossil Fuels An Editorial from the Summer 2015 issue of Jewish Currents BUILDING A “FENCE AROUND THE TORAH” (s’yag l’torah) is a rabbinic prescription that urges the creation of a buffer zone between our behavior and the possible violation of what is sacred. In religious circles, this adds up simply to […]

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Memorializing the Victims of Lynching

Lessons from Germany An editorial from the Spring, 2015 issue of Jewish Currents NEARLY FOUR THOUSAND African Americans were lynched across twelve Southern states between 1877 and 1950. That’s the accounting done by the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery, Alabama organization led by civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, which in February reported on its five […]

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Mother of Exiles: Let the Kids In

An Editorial From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents THEY COME ACROSS THOUSANDS OF MILES, across multiple borders, across the ranches of La Arrocera, across La Bestia — clinging to the top as it hurtles along the rails — across jungles and valleys and mountains and desert and then that one final river. They […]

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