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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...

    Commentary - cldemesier - January 23, 2014 - 20:17

  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...

    Commentary - chschwartz - July 9, 2013 - 15:55

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

    Video by JTS on April 25, 2013 in Social Justice

    Is the earth ours to "fill and conquer" (Genesis 1:28); or are we to "work and watch over it" (Genesis 2:15)? Is the fate of humanity that "there will never cease to be needy ones in your land" (Deuteronomy 15:11); or can it be that "there shall be no needy among you" (Deuteronomy 15:4)? JTS celebrated Earth Day 2013 with this thought-provoking panel discussion by noted experts in the economies of sustainability in the 21st century.

    Video - chschwartz - April 25, 2013 - 20:58

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

    Video by JTS on February 21, 2013 in Social Justice

    This multi-faith panel of "elders" discusses how multi-faith communities have influenced social justice over the past two decades, what are the current issues being addressed, and what is still to be accomplished. They offer insight into how young activists can play a pivotal role in accomplishing some of these key objectives and what it will mean for the future of this country and our place in a global society.

    Video - chschwartz - February 21, 2013 - 18:48

  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,...

    Commentary - chschwartz - September 21, 2012 - 15:39

  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...

    Commentary - chschwartz - September 5, 2014 - 13:47

  7. Raising the King's Sons

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

    ויקרא רבה (וילנא) פרשה לו...

    Commentary - chschwartz - October 4, 2012 - 20:42

  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...

    Commentary - chschwartz - October 26, 2012 - 21:18

  9. Consumption With Humility

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

    Exodus Rabbah 9...

    Commentary - chschwartz - October 24, 2012 - 16:22

  10. Why There is Suffering

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

    Bereishit Rabbah 92:1ואל 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...

    Commentary - ccnmtl - September 13, 2012 - 16:45