Jews and Campaign Buttons: A Time-Honored Tradition

a selection of Jewish-themed campaign buttons 1940-2016

A briefer version of this blog post, with fewer illustrations, was published as “Ten Minutes of Torah” on October 27, 2016 on ReformJudaism.org.

Strangers don’t often interact on New York’s streets. Yet, this election season, I am often stopped and asked about my political lapel button.

Generally, I have found […]

#blogelul — believe

i believe

siblinghood

Especially since September 11, 2001, we’ve heard a great deal about the common bonds among the Abrahamic religions. It is a lovely idea, and something worth working towards. However, even a simple glance at one of the most iconic stories of Abraham illustrates how different the three major “Abrahamic” religions are (the fourth is the […]

#blogelul - act

american jewish world service — judaism in action around the world

values made real

How will you act to make your Judaism real in the world? Consider becoming involved with one of these:

American Jewish World Service
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Uri l’Tzedek — Orthodox Social Justice
Bend the Arc; a Jewish Partnership for Justice
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps
Jewish Community Action
Jewish Community […]

jewish environmentalism and tu b'sh'vat

a thought regarding the history of Jewish environmentalism

In January of 1970 I needed to make (what for me then was) a significant personal decision. I was born on January 22 on the Gregorian calendar. However, the year I was born, that date corresponded with Rosh Jodesh Sh’vat. I noticed then, that in 1970 January 22 […]

#blogelul : counting

love

the numbers’ game
[Note: not all of the buttons used to illustrated this game represent the concept expressed in the numbers; some are used because they display that number.]

The children played by the shore, allowing the ball to bounce lightly on their finger tips before they popped it over to the other side of the line. […]

first they came for the canary

what are the police doing in egypt?

At a certain point during the recent (2011) Egyptian revolution it was not always clear with which side the police identified. These Police are different. They’re singing about canaries in coal mines. They offer a personalized variant of the old metaphor.

First to fall over when the atmosphere is […]

be תורה

tweet #torah to the top as we gather @ sinai

I have been “on” (or using) Twitter since January 2009. I don’t use it much socially, but rather educationally and politically. I don’t share where I am, how I’m feeling and what I’m eating. I share thoughts about #Torah, #Israel, #Palestine, #Gaza, #Iran, #Auschwitz, #Shoa, #Holocaust, […]

steve’s song

jews and judaism in american elite culture .01

On Sunday evening, November 8, 2009 I attended “Steve Reich Talks about his Jewish Music at JMF“. I was a bit surprised (after being told to reserve my free tickets in advance) that there were perhaps fifty people in the hall waiting to hear the words […]