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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Dr King was a brooding, lonely man that freed a proud race
Jan15

Dr King was a brooding, lonely man that freed a proud race

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  would have been 89 years old today.  Today is history–I am remembering a visit in Berlin exactly two years ago on MLK Day.  Not lost upon me then was the irony of commemorating Martin Luther King Day while visiting in the one-time capital of the Third Reich.  Dr. King would have been pleased with this inversion of possibilities just seventy years after the Holocaust of the Jews. Martin Luther...

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No more of this assault on immigrants!
Jan05

No more of this assault on immigrants!

I will no longer tolerate this ugly national mood–especially the brazen, indulgent persecution of immigrants and so-called “foreigners.”  It hurts the heart and it’s wrong. It is heinous to single out American Muslims for such biased and pejorative treatment. I am an immigrant to this country, arriving at the age of nine.  My parents chose the United States for its vast professional and economic opportunities.   I felt safe and...

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Seventy years after the Partition Resolution, is Zionism a success?
Dec03

Seventy years after the Partition Resolution, is Zionism a success?

About the Nazi Holocaust, one Christian historian has written: “The fact that it could take place in the heart of Europe, in the middle of the 20th Century, carried out in the name of what had seemed to be and in many ways was the most developed of nations, called into question every notion of Christendom, of European civilization, of enlightenment, of progress.” There was a grisly lobby of six million ghosts floating...

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Israel loved the Sinai that is now a killing field
Nov25

Israel loved the Sinai that is now a killing field

It was a bit of heaven; now it is a chunk of hell.  Muslim extremists are killing each other in the wilderness where the Hebrews received the Law; in Israel, hands are wringing and hearts are breaking. In a grisly familiar pattern, some 30 armed men entered the Rawdah Sufi mosque in northern Sinai, mechanically firing automatic weapons and hurling grenades into innocent worshipers of the mystic Islamic sect.  At least 305 people were...

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