Tag Archives: Democracy

Saving Democracy is a Jewish Obligation

Saying that democracy itself is on the ballot has become a cliche for a reason. Experts widely agree that threats to democracy in the U.S. and around the world are rising, including the specter of political violence and election subversion … Continue reading

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How to topple tyranny? Simple. Just never give up.

If it’s been good for anything at all, 2020 has been a year for seeing things more clearly. Living in Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the Confederacy, I’ve seen how a lie can normalize oppression. A lie can even … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Election Day Eve: November 2, 2020

Adon olam, sovereign of space and time, look with favor upon all who serve our country, along with all who pursue justice and peace in Your world.We go to the polls in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with a plague … Continue reading

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The Jewish Urgency of this Moment

Pictured: Rabbi Michael Knopf giving the introduction at Jewish Americans for Biden Event in Richmond on October 1, 2020, featuring Mr. Doug Emhoff, former Governor Terry McAuliffe, and Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (photo credit: Kristin Gorin) Good morning. It is good … Continue reading

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Blogging my AIPAC Rabbinic Mission – Day 2

On the eve of independence, the founders of the State of Israel enshrined their vision for the values that would underly the new state they were creating. “The State of Israel,” insists the Israeli Declaration of Independence, “will be open … Continue reading

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Abolish Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

Recently, Rabbi David Stav, chair of the moderate Orthodox group Tzohar,announced his candidacy for Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel. Stav said that he seeks the office to reach out to and make Jewish law “more relevant” for secular Israelis. To some, … Continue reading

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