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2024-04-19 19:15
(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) From my weekly email to Tzedek Chicago members: So many people have told me that they are not sure how – or even if – they will celebrate Passover… Read More
2023-07-21 21:08
From my weekly email message to Tzedek Chicago members: While the US Congress is undoubtedly a horrid dysfunctional mess of an institution, there have been occasional examples of genuin… Read More
2023-07-07 16:11
People carry their belongings on the street after the Israeli army’s withdrawal from the Jenin camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on July 5, 2023 [Ammar Awad/Reuters] From my we… Read More
2023-05-15 21:16
photo credit: Al JazeeraBack in 2009, when I was beginning to struggle openly with my relationship to Israel and Zionism, I wrote a blog post entitled “Why I Didn’t Celebrate Yom… Read More
Resist Anti-Trans Legislation This Passover
2023-04-03 17:38
Photo credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermidThis year, the Passover seder supplement I composed for Tzedek Chicago highlights the rise of anti-trans hate legislation throughout the US. In addition… Read More
Pogrom In Huwara: Beyond The Hand-Wringing
2023-03-02 18:00
For the past several days, Israeli politicians and military leaders have been publicly condemning last Sunday’s settler rampage in the West Bank village of Huwara. While the pogrom was… Read More
#DayofHate: How Should We Respond?
2023-03-01 22:43
Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty ImagesOver the past week or so, there was rising alarm over reports that some neo-Nazi groups had called for a “Day of Hate” against the American Jewis… Read More
Resistance To Pharaoh In Jenin
2023-01-27 16:25
Jenin, 1/26/2023 photo: Zain Jaafar/AFP/Getty ImagesFrom my weekly email to Tzedek Chicago members: As I write these words, it’s been reported that Israeli troops h… Read More
We Are All Strangers On The Land
2022-05-20 17:51
This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Behar, describes the Sabbatical and Jubilee years, the latter of which was an economic “rebooting” every 50th year when slaves… Read More
2021-05-17 14:30
I delivered this sermon yesterday at Second Unitarian Universalist Church of Chicago: When Revered Jason invited me to give the sermon to you today, I had some idea of what I wa… Read More
Interregnum: Sermon For Yom Kippur 5781
2020-09-29 14:04
photo credit: Getty ImagesOn Rosh Hashanah I addressed the powerful feeling of uncertainty that pervades our lives and our world at this unprecedented moment. I want to return to this theme… Read More
Seder Readings For Passover 5780
2020-04-02 15:19
I’ve just finished “Fight for the Health of Your Community” – a new collection of Passover seder readings I wrote for members of my congregation. I’m happy to s… Read More
White Supremacy Is Coming For All Of Us
2019-08-05 16:11
(Crossposted with Newsweek) If ever there was a moment of clarity for us, it’s now. As we witness and grieve the carnage of two back-to-back mass shootings, we cannot afford to ignore… Read More
Remembering Stanley Tigerman
2019-06-06 21:34
(Photo: WTTW) Below: an excerpt from a eulogy I gave today at the funeral of celebrated Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman. As this Tribune obituary notes, “Stanley Tigerman (was) the… Read More
Psalm 140: Deliver Me
2019-05-05 20:37
oh lord deliver me from my people who wield their weapons with impunity whose armies rain bombs on the imprisoned whose apologists equate oppressor and oppressed defending those who punish… Read More
Psalm 126: Dream Of Return
2019-03-31 15:24
photo credit Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters March 30, 2019 Even as bullets hit bodies their dream of return rose up to the heavens like black tire smoke curling dancing then disappearing into… Read More
Toward Shabbat Solidarity With Gaza
2019-02-20 00:45
Tzedakah saves from death. (Proverbs 10:2) For religious Jews, Friday is typically devoted to spiritual and practical preparation for the Sabbath. Those who are traditionally observant will… Read More
On Alice Walker And Antisemitism
2018-12-20 04:31
The Jewish interwebs have been abuzz regarding Yair Rosenberg’s December 17 Tablet article about a New York Times Book Review interview with Alice Walker in which she praise… Read More
A Yom Kippur Martyrology Service For Gaza
2018-09-25 02:01
This Yom Kippur Martyrology ritual was written by Tzedek Chicago rabbinic intern May Ye and myself and was used in observance in our Yom Kippur service last week. Reader: It is traditional… Read More
Our Wayward And Defiant Children
2018-08-24 18:13
My weekly message to congregants at Tzedek Chicago: In this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tetzei, we read: If a man has a wayward and defiant son, who does not heed his father or mother an… Read More
Gaza And The High Holidays
2018-08-19 13:40
My weekly message to congregants at Tzedek Chicago: Yesterday I read a devastating blog post by Abdalrahim Alfarra, a Palestinian Gazan activist who wrote about his cousin Ali Firwana, who… Read More
A Jewish Prayer For Nakba Day
2018-04-19 12:12
Le’el she’chafetz teshuvah, to the One who desires return: Receive with the fulness of your mercy the hopes and prayers of those who were uprooted, dispossessed and expelled fro… Read More

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