Gay Pride and Prejudice

On Thursday, six people were stabbed at the Pride March, and 2) early Friday morning two Palestinian homes were set on fire and as a result four family members werw hospitalized and a baby died. It's horrifying enough just to read the headlines without thinking too deeply about it. But unfortunately both of those events comes in a context of a long and painful history, spattering more blood on the already stained pages.

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To You, With Love From A Fellow Human

To the invaluable human soul behind the screen reading my words, I want to talk to you about this week. Sunday the semester starts, and that's not enough time to recover from the emotional impact of this week's events. It's not fair. Yesterday, a crazy person killed a baby with a car. Today, both Jews … Continue reading To You, With Love From A Fellow Human

Why We Need Pride In Jerusalem

Too many people have asked me that question, so here's your answer. I am so incredibly proud to be a resident of Jerusalem right now. For one shining moment, no matter who you are - gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, pan, in, out, religious, secular, in between...for one moment you can just live in a … Continue reading Why We Need Pride In Jerusalem

Bridges, Walls, and Leadership

"There was a large crowd of people...They were throwing things and shouting…" This is not a quote from the Women of the Wall, but it might as well be. I was killing time on Facebook yesterday when I read this status update: and it reminded me of something from a children's book I used to … Continue reading Bridges, Walls, and Leadership

Three Tiny Moments

You know those grumpy old men who order you around like they own the world? I encountered one of them today, followed by two gentlemen who totally made up for his royal grumpiness. All within the space of half an hour, I went from being on the verge of tears to truly believing that peace … Continue reading Three Tiny Moments

Book Review: Akiva’s Orchard by Yochi Brandes

הפרדס של עקיבא by Yochi Brandes My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is an important book if you are interested in Judaism or Jewish history, or Jewish. The main thing it does is takes the million Rabbis you've heard of and organizes them in your head: Who lives when, whose student is whom, where … Continue reading Book Review: Akiva’s Orchard by Yochi Brandes