The Depth and Breadth of American Racism

Chevre, As I articulated in my D’var Torah on Yom Kippur morning, white American racism is much more substantial – and profoundly disturbing – than things like “I get nervous when I’m walking down a city street and see someone black walking towards me.” My...

Judaism on Racism & Slavery, Yesterday and Today

Chevre, We’ve enjoyed, if I can use that word, several programs of high quality and profound impact during these first few months of our community’s exploration of American racism. My conception of our learning process is this: we’ll begin by...

The Nature and Nurture of Men

Chevre, What do the following things have in common? Sexual impropriety, harassment and rape in places ranging from the family home to the workplace to universities to whole industries to public spaces like streets and parks. Sexual abuse and molestation by priests...

Why Be Thankful?

Chevre, For most of us, I would guess, it’s not so hard on Thanksgiving to bring to mind many things for which we are grateful. For some of us, though, that might be a little more difficult. A recent article by Prof. David DeSteno, a psychologist teaching at...

Beware Self-Righteousness

Chevre, Reading this week’s Torah portion, Vayera, my eye was caught by something I’d never noticed before. It arises from reading two separate stories as a related pair. Story #1: God & Abraham, Sodom & Gomorrah Sodom and Gomorrah are thoroughly corrupt....
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