"Spirituality is biography. Jewish spirituality and Jewish biography both demand a duty to speak out, reject silencing, and stand up against any power that would silence another. Such is the call of Hanukkah and this moment of meaning for Jewish life...."
By Rabbi David Markus, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
"...Just how transformational is Burning Man? As an intended model for a utopian society with ‘Ten Principles’ ranging from radical inclusion, civic responsibility and participation to radical self-reliance, decommodification and gifting (among others), how much does this granddaddy of all transformational festivals represent the ideal movement towards a society that is far from the ‘default world’ we live in?..."
"It is the season of latkes, which means you will hear many arguments over which condiment is the best to accompany your latkes – sour cream or applesauce. They appear to be as different from one another as two things can be, and yet, they both compliment the latke and make it taste delicious.
"On my drive home, I couldn’t stop thinking about Mr. Perfect. Something wasn’t sitting well and I had a nagging feeling that he wasn’t right for the job. Then it struck me, he was perfect, and because he was perfect, he was also flawed.
"On a beautiful tree-lined street in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, there is one tree that is not like the others....And it’s on those visits that I come across – no, I think it’s more like seek out – the one tree that stands out among the rest, one that reminds me of how happy I am and always will be, simply for the sake of this tree.
"I’ve been thinking about that Christmas a lot lately, in this time of year when our desires for things seem to hit a fever pitch – whether it’s the craving for a new piece of clothing or gadget, or our desire for our lives to look as perfect and happy as a family Christmas card.
"Tuesday, 8 November 2016 was a day my 82 year old mother had been looking forward to since 1956, the year she voted in her first Presidential election. It was the day she was finally going to get to do what she'd been longing to do for 60 years – vote for a woman to hold the highest office in the United States.
"...There have been anti-Semitic incidences, as well as other racist acts. There is a part of me that says, I’ve been through this before, as a daughter of survivors. It’s someone else’s turn to take action. And there is a part of me that is afraid to write this and have it out in the public square. But I know I don’t have a choice. So many were not saved from the Shoah because others were afraid to stand up.
"Forbes released its list of the world's most powerful people this morning, and like all such lists, it means more than most people assume. More, because any time any of us makes lists – be it Santa Claus (it is December after all), Forbes or ‘just’ you and I, we articulate our assumptions and priorities about whatever is being listed – assumptions and priorities which we often overlook. I guess that's the definition of assumptions, huh?..."
"In 1967 the Buffalo Springfield issued an anti-Vietnam War song called ‘For What It's Worth’ that began with, ‘There's something happening here. What it is, ain't exactly clear.’ The lyric expresses what I was observing in the Jewish communal landscape over the last decade that inspired me to write Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (2013).