Yes, call me a Jew!
Mar22

Yes, call me a Jew!

This new wave of anti-Semitism, delivered via bomb threats, cemetery vandalisms, swastika desecrations, and specific acts of violence, reawakens an old and bittersweet mantra in every Jewish soul: we are as vulnerable as we are enduring. Thank you for attributing to me an extraordinary ethnic compliment.   I remember: somebody once wrote me a nasty letter after something I circulated about Jews and social justice appeared in another...

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And I saw the fear in her eyes
Mar01

And I saw the fear in her eyes

A few days ago, I visited with a family that I very much like.  They happen to hail from Mexico and have two kind and winning young children who were born and are being raised in the United States.  The children speak fluent English; they look and sound like my own children when they were that age.  They love America, television, sports, In-N-Out Burgers, and creating their own playlists on their Smartphones. Someone has tapped into...

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The Bible predicted this kind of social darkness
Feb06

The Bible predicted this kind of social darkness

Like an advancing fog, this vanquished sense of security and peacefulness has pervaded many lives since the current regime ascended to power.   A range of health professionals, from psychotherapists to acupuncturists, are reporting a precipitous increase in patient visits.  People are complaining about anxiety and restlessness and struggling with bouts of depression.  It’s quite unprecedented—that the national and global situations...

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On Saturday, America marched back towards itself
Jan25

On Saturday, America marched back towards itself

This past Saturday, millions of Americans marched in concert together in civil disobedience and out of the most fervent patriotism there is—love.  I had the opportunity to participate in the Women’s March that filled the downtown streets, sidewalks, and storefronts of Los Angeles.  It was gratifying, cleansing, and edifying.  It made us all feel less lonely, less afraid. American democracy and goodwill are stronger than this...

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MLK led a short, troubled life that we embellish
Jan15

MLK led a short, troubled life that we embellish

HARLEM, N.Y.–Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 88 years old today, Sunday, January 15.  As a pastor’s son growing up in the “Sweet Auburn” section of central Atlanta, pranking his friends and mimicking preachers with wicked accuracy, he’d had never dreamed that the day of his birth would be designated a federal holiday.  Because now he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a grandfather. I’m here at New York’s...

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America betrayed its good friend Israel at the UN
Dec30

America betrayed its good friend Israel at the UN

Great heat has been generated by the recent American decision to abstain at the UN Security Council on Israel’s settlements in the West Bank (or Judea and Samaria, as some of us Jews call the area).  I have strong mixed feelings about the matter except in one category: an unconditional, unwavering commitment to the security and welfare of the State of Israel.  This also translates into American security because the two nations are...

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