Category Archives: Judaism and Social Justice

Strange Thoughts- A new take on Loving the Stranger

Crossposted at Jewschool When newspaper style guides started adopting “they ” and “their” as singular, gender-neutral pronouns a friend told me, “I get why this should be done. It is the right thing to do. But it is going to … Continue reading

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The Othering of Tzedaka in Jewish Education

PENNY IN THE PUSHKA Penny in the pushka, Penny in the pot, We give tzedakah right before Shabbat. Counting all the pennies, nickels, quarters, too It’s fun to help each other, It’s what we ought to do. One for the … Continue reading

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The Freedom Seder, radical but not Messianic

As I wrote here before I  like to get ready for Passover by reading the original Freedom Seder which took place on April 4, 1969, the first anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, the third night of Passover. Hundreds of … Continue reading

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Getting in the mood for Pesach

My favourite way to get inspired for my seders is  watching the classic Freedom Seder  which took place on April 4, 1969, the first anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, the third night of Passover. Hundreds of people … Continue reading

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Ultra-Orthodox Schools Resist Mandate on Vegetables, Fearing Kosher Violation – Forward.com.

Ultra-Orthodox Schools Resist Mandate on Vegetables, Fearing Kosher Violation – Forward.com. WASHINGTON — Getting schoolchildren to eat green vegetables is anything but easy. Getting students in ultra-Orthodox schools to eat these vegetables as part of their school lunch could soon become impossible.Representatives … Continue reading

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Kosher Restaurant Revolt Brews in Jerusalem – Forward.com

A dozen eateries in the holy city are brazenly claiming kosher credentials without the state rabbinate’s say-so. They are shifting the perennial controversy over state and religion in Israel from well-worn subjects, like Orthodoxy’s monopoly over marriage and divorce, to … Continue reading

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Activists launch “Kosher without Certification”

A grassroots effort in Jerusalem that is identifying restaurants that describe themselves as being kosher but do not pay the Rabbinate for certification will host an inaugural event on Friday called “The Mashgiah [kashrut supervisor] isn’t Coming.”The party, a riff … Continue reading

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