I am proud of the role that rabbis have had historically in working to create a more racially just America. However, the Black Lives Matter movement has created a pathway that the Jewish community and many Americans simply cannot follow.
Rabbi Dan Dorsch
Rabbi Dan Dorsch is the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. He is currently a Vice President of Mercaz, the Conservative Movement's Zionist Organization in the United States. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, and if he ever could find a spare minute, would aspire to spend more time on the golf course.
As I count the Omer and prepare to start a new job, I find myself at times resonating with what must have been a bittersweet experience for the Israelites who left Egypt to receive the Torah on Mount Sinai.
After five months, my family has found a new Jewish community to call our own, but finding it was a long – and highly public – process.
Like the Houses of Hillel and Shammai, the two Supreme Court justices understood how to have a deep and healthy relationship with their intellectual or political opponent. If only our politicians could do the same, it would unite our country, instead of dividing it.
Apologies, Rabbi, for the tardiness of my response; I have simply been too busy bringing people closer to Judaism to promptly reply to your misguided allegation.
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Our tradition's distaste for trophy hunting extends far beyond its prohibition of cruelty to animals.
The story of a Jewish matriarch's death sheds wisdom on the destruction inherent in refusing to let go of symbols that no longer represent our values.
The cases of Rabbi Barry Freundel and Jonathan Rosenblatt highlight where our community is lagging behind.