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 Barmen Declaration for our Time?

Rev. Peter Olsen   From May 29th-31st 1934 the Confessional Synod of the German Evangelical Church met in Barmen, Germany to address false teachings propagated by the “German Christians” appointed by the Nazis to administer the Protestant churches under the Reich. Organized in 1932, the German Christian movement was driven by nationalistic ideology permeated with … Continue reading A Barmen Declaration for our Time?

Solstice

Tracy K. Smith   They’re gassing geese outside of JFK. Tehran will likely fill up soon with blood. The Times is getting smaller day by day.   We’ve learned to back away from all we say And, more or less, agree with what we should. Whole flocks are being gassed near JFK.   So much … Continue reading Solstice