It seems some Southerners want to kill 14-year old Emmett Till again
Aug06

It seems some Southerners want to kill 14-year old Emmett Till again

There is a lonely purple marker that stands, riddled with bullet holes, near Money, Miss. The placard marks the spot where 14-year old Emmett Till, black and doomed, was brutishly dragged, hung, shot, mutilated and then thrown into the nearby Tallahatchie River by rabid white vigilantes.  For years now, the site has been fired at intermittently–there was once an outburst of one hundred shots. Taboos that were as endemic to the...

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My uncle’s raw theology helped me through grief
Jul22

My uncle’s raw theology helped me through grief

After my young father suddenly died in 1976, Uncle Moshe came to visit and console us. Moshe was my mother’s older brother and had always been a very close comrade of my father. The entire clan hails from Israel, where I was born. The two men fought side-by-side in Israel’s War of Independence and Moshe, chain-smoking, gravelly voiced, opinionated, and extremely adoring of his entire family circle, looked something like an Israeli...

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We lost Bobby exactly fifty years ago
Jun04

We lost Bobby exactly fifty years ago

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, only 42, was shot several times in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles minutes before midnight on June 4, 1968.  He had just won the California Democratic presidential primary and seemed destined for the nomination.  He lingered through the next day, but the wounds proved fatal and he died early in the morning of June 6.  He was buried next to his brother, the also-martyred President John F....

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Israel, 70 years young today, blesses us with a dream
May13

Israel, 70 years young today, blesses us with a dream

The State of Israel marks the 70th anniversary of its official creation today, May 14.  Blessed is our beloved historical homeland! In 1948, the United Nations was new, the thermal heat of the European Holocaust of the Jews still pressed, and the global Christian conscience was reeling from the truth about what happened in Europe between 1933—1945. Israel is the modern realization of the melodies of David’s harp. For a flash, it was...

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‘Hamilton’ is an unexpected chorus to America’s original values
May12

‘Hamilton’ is an unexpected chorus to America’s original values

Aaron Burr is glacial; Alexander Hamilton is overwrought; King George has skinny legs and a hilarious voice; Eliza Schuyler (Hamilton’s deceived wife) is heartbroken and enraged. The unprecedented and prize-winning musical, Hamilton has been touring far and wide—I finally had the chance to see and hear it here in Southern California.   Invigorating, wonderfully brazen, pungently wordy—yet all the words, emotions, nuances, dreams,...

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