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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For one day in Memphis, America was a Beloved Community
Apr08

For one day in Memphis, America was a Beloved Community

Flying into Memphis last Tuesday, through purple mists and hovering ghosts, the plane reeling from the clouds and rain, I felt Dr King’s sad spirit floating over the grayish Mississippi River, the verdant magnolia-laden landscape, and the brownish buildings below.  The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel was upon us—the history-altering tragedy happened at that site at 6:01 PM on...

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Passover 2018 arrives at the intersection of blood, racism, and hope
Mar29

Passover 2018 arrives at the intersection of blood, racism, and hope

A bittersweet irony it is that the freedom festival of Passover arrives just prior to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and one day before the rebirth of hope for our Christian neighbors—Easter Sunday. As MLK  said, “No one is free until everyone is free.”   We all come to our April festivals this year with a thousand cuts on our soul—from the concerning volatility in Washington to the pervasive...

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#MeToo: This woman was God’s agent at Purim
Feb26

#MeToo: This woman was God’s agent at Purim

There are the beloved Five Scrolls in the Hebrew Scripture, including Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, Lamentations and two named for heroic women: Ruth and Esther.  The Jewish people will be again reading, chanting, and dancing with the Scroll of Esther this Wednesday evening, February 28–the festive evening of Purim. Go, girl! Ruth was the consummate loyalist, paradigmatic convert to Judaism—a maternal ancestor to the Davidic...

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