The Sacrifice of Sarah: Acknowledging the Real Victim of the Binding of Isaac

Rabbi Ira J. Dounn   Have you heard of the Sacrifice of Sarah? No, you probably haven’t, because it isn’t recorded in the Torah. We often think that the Binding of Isaac episode had a happy ending. Even though G-d commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, G-d stops Abraham from going through with it and Abraham … Continue reading The Sacrifice of Sarah: Acknowledging the Real Victim of the Binding of Isaac

Hineni

Maya Wahrman (This poem was composed in response to arrests by ICE of multiple people in Princeton, NJ; some of the families are known to the author.)   Not here, they said. Not here, a knock on the door before winter’s late dawn a small boy reaching for the doorknob, a mamá slaps his hand … Continue reading Hineni

A Rabbi’s Plea: We Need Slavery Reparations In Order to Move Forward

Shmuly Yanklowitz It’s clear that the trauma of slavery continues to impact the contemporary American psyche. Hanging in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is an indelible, haunting painting. It’s a maritime scene: a yellow sun setting above a blood-red sky while hurtling, unruly waves carry an 18th century ship. These elements don’t stir … Continue reading A Rabbi’s Plea: We Need Slavery Reparations In Order to Move Forward

Presidents and Precedents

Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann                    University Public Worship Stanford University                                                      19 February 2017/23 Shevat 5777 (Genesis 1:26-28; Isaiah 56:1-8; Deuteronomy 16:18-20) I’ve always felt an affinity for Presidents Day, the day honoring Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays. My mother shared a birthday with President Abraham Lincoln and my birthday is the day before. From the time I was … Continue reading Presidents and Precedents

In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On

By Alan Zimmerman At Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA, we are deeply grateful for the support and prayers of the broader Reform Jewish community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Heather Heyer and the two Virginia State Police officers, H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, who lost their lives on Saturday, … Continue reading In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On