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  1. Defining a Moral and Just Society

    Commentary by Rabbi Judith Hauptman on January 22, 2014 in Social Justice

    Sometimes an article in the newspaper reminds you of something in the Torah and makes you think in new ways about verses you have read many times before. On January 2, 2014, the New York Times featured an article on its o p-e d page about young girls in H ...

    cldemesier - January 23, 2014

  2. A Just and Sustainable Society

    Commentary by Rabbi Daniel S. Nevins on July 13, 2013 in Social Justice

    What is your vision of a righteous city? This is an important question, because this week is known as Shabbat Hazon, the Sabbath of Vision, and the vision offered by our prophets is that of a city that has gone astray, abandoning the path of righteousness ...

    chschwartz - July 9, 2013

  3. "Yours? Mine? Ours? Economies for a Sustainable Earth"

    Video by JTS on April 25, 2013 in Social Justice

      The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) hosted a panel discussion titled "Yours? Mine? Ours? Economies for a Sustainable Earth" on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious an ...

    chschwartz - April 25, 2013

  4. Justice, Tzedek, Sadaqah: Pursuing Social Justice in Multi-faith Communities

    Video by JTS on February 21, 2013 in Social Justice

    Event moderator Joshua Stanton solicites questions via the Journal of Interreligious Dialogue and State of Formation. Add your voice to the conversation with these renowned leaders in multi-faith social justice. Panelists: Rev. Julie Johnson Staples, Inte ...

    chschwartz - February 21, 2013

  5. Ultimate Questions

    Commentary by Rabbi David Hoffman on September 20, 2012 in Social Justice

    "Live the questions now." —Rainier Maria Rilke,  Letters to a Young Poet, 1903 There are some who expect religion to provide answers. The religious experience is thought to be a refuge from the messiness of life; a peaceful, ordered worldview th ...

    chschwartz - September 21, 2012

  6. Good Ecology Makes Good Theology

    Commentary by Dr. Stephen Garfinkel on August 11, 2012 in Social Justice

    How will the Torah reading for this week, Parashat Eikev, stack up against last week's reading (Va-ethannan), which included no less than the Ten Commandments and the Shema'? Obviously, that will be a hard act to follow! Be assured, though, that ...

    chschwartz - September 5, 2014

  7. Raising the King's Sons

    Commentary by Rabbi David Levy on May 19, 2012 in Social Justice

    ויקרא רבה (וילנא) פרשה לו ולמה הוא מזכיר זכות אבות ומזכיר זכות הארץ עמהם אמר ר"ל משל למלך שהיה לו שלשה בנים ושפחה אחת משלו מגדלתן כל זמן שהיה המלך שואל שלום בניו היה אומר שאלו לי בשלום המגדלת כך כל זמן שהקב"ה מזכיר אבות מזכיר הארץ עמהם הה"ד ...

    chschwartz - October 4, 2012

  8. The Last Day of Passover

    Commentary by Dr. Alan Cooper on April 14, 2012 in Social Justice

    Of all the extra festival days that we celebrate in Diaspora (yom tov sheni shel galuyot), perhaps the most irksome is the eighth day of Pesah. The second day of Sukkot adds to the delight of the holiday when the weather cooperates; the second day of Shem ...

    chschwartz - October 26, 2012

  9. Consumption With Humility

    Commentary by Rabbi Charlie Schwartz on March 17, 2012 in Social Justice

    Exodus Rabbah 9 סימן ט ויעש את הקרשים למשכן עצי שטים. אמר רבי תחליפא דקסרין, למד הקדוש ברוך הוא דרך ארץ, שאם בקש אדם לבנות בית מאילן עושה פירות, אומר לו, ומה מלך מלכי המלכים הקדוש ברוך הוא שהכל שלו, כשאמר לעשות לו משכן, חס על אילן עושה פירות, אתה על אחת כ ...

    chschwartz - October 24, 2012

  10. Why There is Suffering

    Commentary by Rabbi Charlie Schwartz on December 24, 2011 in Social Justice

    Bereishit Rabbah 92:1 ואל שדי יתן לכם רחמים,... אמר ליה רבי אלכסנדרי אין לך אדם בלא יסורים... א"ר יהושע בן לוי כל יסורים שהם באים על האדם ומבטלין אותו מדברי תורה יסורים של תוכחת הם אבל יסורים שהם באים על האדם ואין מבטלין אותו מדברי תורה יסורים של אהב ...

    ccnmtl - September 13, 2012