Martin Luther King Is My Rabbi

by Rabbi Jonathan Kligler From the online newsletter and Torah commentary of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation   VA’YAVO MOSHE V’AHARON el Par’oh va’yomru eilav, “Ko amar YHVH, Elohei ha’Ivrim: ad matai may’anta lay’anot mipanai? shalach ami vaya’avduni!” So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the Source of Life, the […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Holy Land*

The Tragedy of His Absence by Rabbi Everett Gendler Excerpted from his forthcoming book (Spring, 2015), Judaism for Universalists, from Blue Thread Books and Music; originally published in “In an Inescapable Network of Mutuality”: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Globalization of an Ethical Ideal (Cascade Books, 2013). Reprinted with the author’s permission. “Today, we […]

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The Alt-Right’s Antisemitism

by Dusty Sklar “Providence has ordained that I should be the greatest liberator of humanity. I am freeing man from the restraints of an intelligence that has taken charge, from the dirty and degrading self-mortification of a false vision called conscience and morality, and from the demands of a freedom and independence which only a […]

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David Friedman’s Embrace of the Occupation

A GREAT RECRUITING TOOL FOR ISIS by Allan C. Brownfeld DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL campaign, Donald Trump took a strong stand against ISIS, which he pledged to defeat. Now he has announced his choice for ambassador to Israel, his bankruptcy attorney, David Friedman. Friedman has strong ties with Israel’s extreme rightwing and is a vocal opponent […]

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O My America: Be Careful What You Wish For

by Lawrence Bush SO LET’S SAY the CIA presses the issue and Russia’s tampering with the American election proves irrefutably true and Donald Trump is revealed to have strong business connections with Putin’s Russia and so the Republicans impeach him. Would you rather have Mike Pence — a proven rightwing ideologue with nothing but Republican […]

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Calling on the Electoral College . . .

by Lauren Shapiro “The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to […]

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Hacking in the Name of the Commons

“NO TRESPASSING” IN THE INTERNET AGE by Jacob L. Perl from the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet, by Justin Peters. Scribner, 2016, 352 pages. SOMETIMES FRIENDS and I pile into a car and head out to Wisconsin’s […]

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