The Iran Index

Who’s Backing the Deal by Nicholas Jahr The Iran deal has unleashed a feeding frenzy of op-eds, as everyone weighs in on centrifuge storage and uranium enrichment and breakout time and trust and verification and diplomacy. (The 60-day review period is clearly Congress’ gift to op-editors across the country and around the world.) A few […]

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Why Do Jews Need Rosh Hashone

Psychological and Communal Aspects of the Jewish New Year by Reba Carmel From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents   OUR FIRST BIBLICAL ENCOUNTER with Rosh Hashone does not mention “Rosh Hashone” (“Head of the Year”). Leviticus 23:24-26 states: ‘[I]n the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete […]

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Wall Street and Jewish Ethical Identity

Jews and the Financial Meltdown by George Salamon “We are doing God’s work.” —Lloyd Blankfein, CEO, Goldman Sachs “How odd of God/To choose the Jews.” —William Norman Ewer, British journalist We know that versions of the second thought ran through the minds of some moviegoers as they watched Inside Job, the award-winning 2010 documentary about […]

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JFREJ vs. Stop-and-Frisk

by Ben Lorber On a Monday evening in early March, about forty Jews of various ages, gender identifications, sexual orientations, and shades of leftism crowded into a room at the Workmen’s Circle in New York City for a meeting convened by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ). Passover was fast approaching, and the city […]

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Arthur Waskow: An Activist Soul Man

WHEN IT COMES to the contemporary and creative interpretation of Judaism, Rabbi Arthur Waskow has been a fount of teaching since the late 1960s. Much of what progressive, observant Jews today embrace as basic to their Jewish practice — non-gendered language for God-talk and prayer; the plumbing of Judaism for its ecological wisdom; “eco-kashrut” (a […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: April 17th

by Basia Yoffe TRUTH HAS POWER. This is especially so when it is difficult but necessary for us to be told, to hear it, to understand it. Unfortunately, the truth about Climate Change has largely been missing from the pronouncements of the Obama Administration. Truth about Climate Change has, in fact, generally not been enunciated […]

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Israel and Gaza: Some Relevant Quotes

• “The Israeli decision to kill Ahmed Jabari was total insanity. Jabari was behind enforcing all of the recent ceasefire agreements. He sent his troops out to stop the rockets and was prepared to reach a long term ceasefire. Jabari was also the main interlocutor of the Egyptian intelligence service in reaching ceasefire understandings. Now […]

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No to Fracking!

Fossil Fuels Have Got to Go An Editorial From the Autumn, 2011 issue of Jewish Currents WHEN THE NEWS came out in the Forward that four Jewish summer camps in Pennsylvania have signed leases with the Hess Corporation to allow hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) on their land during the past few years, Rabbi Arthur Waskow […]

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Tu B’Shvat? Why Not?

A Guide to Creating Secular Jewish Observances for the Ritually Impaired by Linda Gritz I dislike the word “ritual” — which is odd, since I chair the ritual committee of Boston Workmen’s Circle. For me, the word conjures up images of unchanging, unthinking religious practices. Yet even secular Jews may find value and comfort in […]

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