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Thursday Night Poetry: Hillel’s Disciple

by Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel I He washed the beggar’s feet you know the paintings seated low long back yielding to an angle of service his head bowed enough for the poor man to look down both humbled not humiliated each in awe of the humanity of the other II He fed the multitudes you know […]

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Judaism and Civil Discourse

Us Versus Them, or Argument for the Sake of Heaven? by Rabbi Jonathan Kligler WE’VE WATCHED constructive discourse and debate break down in our country in recent years, with a trend away from the value of civil discourse — and a lot of effort to retain it.  In this effort, Judaism has a great deal […]

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Impressions from J Street, 2017

by Ron Skolnik BERNIE SANDERS, SUPERSTAR EVERY J STREET conference has its rock star, that one figure whose presence elates the crowd and gives them hope amidst the gloomy reality. In 2013, for example, it was VP Joe Biden: The appearance of the man a “heartbeat away from the presidency” signaled to J Street’s activists […]

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Israel and Canadian Jews

HOW THE MAINSTREAM COMMUNITY MARGINALIZES DISSENT by Mira Sucharov From the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents WHEN the United Church of Canada voted in August 2012 to boycott West Bank settlement products, the Canadian Jewish community’s reaction was harsh and swift. Calling the decision “morally reckless,” the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), […]

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Bridging the Jewish Secular-Religious Divide

by Lawrence Bush Discussed in this essay: Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself, by Rabbi Donniel Hartman. Beacon Press, 2016, 180 pages. AS THE EDITOR of Jewish Currents, which tags itself on the cover as a “secular, progressive voice,” I am occasionally invited to synagogues to speak about secular Jewish identity. I […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: The Meltdown

by Rabbi Judy Weiss IF YOU THOUGHT a one-meter rise in sea level by the end of the century, as predicted in many studies, is really bad, climate scientist Dr. James Hansen has some disturbing news: If emissions continue on their current course, we could actually be looking at one-meter sea level rise by mid-century, […]

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