Fake News vs. Truth a case of Goliath vs. David

Is Fake News vs. Truth a case of Goliath vs. David?
Once we knew one truth

Over forty years ago, Rabbi Richard N. Levy wrote a paragraph that entered the Gates of Prayer Siddur. I quoted from it in a sermon during the Clinton impeachment hearings that dealt with “what is truth”.

Once we learned one truth, and […]

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 — be

you don't have to be jewish to oppose the war in vietnam

mad man

Ad man William Bernbach developed a number of famous campaigns. For our purpose today, his most important is that for Levy’s bakery.

Correction (January 14, 2014): the woman behind the man!

Judy Portas died Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the age of 91. As the story in the New York Times reports:

As Ms. Protas, a retired […]

#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 […]

#blogelul : faith

faith obama 2008

what does it mean to have faith?

When someone produces the same lapel button for competing candidates, all that individual is interested in is the dollar. So encouraging us to [have?] faith in either candidate from the 2008 presidential election is very odd.

Is faith something you can have in someone? We say: “I have faith in […]

#blogexodus : (the cup of) redemption

the second cup — the cup of redemption — כוס גאולה

Think of each cup of wine as a toast to the generations of our people who committed themselves to the struggle for liberation in their own day.

With the second cup of wine we recall the second promise, the second stage, of our redemption, the actual […]

#blogexodus : (learning from) the signs

the signs

We each need to learn different things at different stages of our lives.

Pharaoh was unwilling to release his labor supply.

Pharaoh thought himself a god. He believed he could do whatever he wanted to with individuals or entire peoples. He needed to learn the difficult lesson: there exists a Source of Power beyond the self.

A […]

#blogexodus : getting beyond the straits and narrow

how could so many people leave at one time?

Amazingly, in our own day we have already forgotten that “Hundreds of thousands of… refugees streamed homeward…” [Rwandan refugees; James C. McKinley Jr. of The New York Times in the Los Angeles Daily News. Saturday, November 16, 1996.] Refugees all over the world seek shelter and comfort.

And […]

promise of dawn

hashachar

dark mornings

As the northern hemisphere moves deeper into winter with less light for each day, our mornings begin near dawn. This is a beautiful time of beginnings and promise. While the sounds we hear each morning are not those of birds chirping and children learning, but the clanking of men at work, even these call […]

can an aipac supporter explain this one?

aipac

aipac gives koch a pass for flouting iran sanctions

I know that Emerson said: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” But, I don’t this is an issue of foolish consistency. I’d like someone to explain if they feel differently.

alex seitz-wald, news report:

Earlier this month, Bloomberg […]