Mario Cuomo was a man who took his faith seriously and always looked to unite New Yorkers. Ruth Messinger says we could use more like him.
Ugandans may think they are acting out of faith by banning homosexuality. In fact, they are promoting hatred and violence against LGBT people, Ruth Messinger writes.
Anne Heyman lived a remarkable life of service, Ruth Messinger writes. Jewish identity drove her to struggle against apartheid and genocide — while loving her family passionately.
As we sit in synagogue for the High Holidays, let’s remember the complex stories about biblical women — and the lessons they hold for the challenges of our world today.
With Passover around the corner, many of us are poised to recite the words, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.”
The White House wants to limit victims of abuse overseas to use American law to gain justice. From Germany to Nigeria’s oil fields, that puts us on the wrong side of history.
America is the largest food donor in the world. Jews should fight to end misguided U.S. policies that stop aid from getting to victims, and prevent countries from feeding themselves.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once said that Judaism “takes the mind out of the narrowness of self-interest.” During the past few weeks, I’ve been reminded of the urgent need for American Jews to make this formulation real as I’ve turned my attention to a flagrant threat to human rights in Uganda.
I have always been fascinated by Purim — a holiday that celebrates a disaster that nearly *happened but didn’t, a planned genocide against the Jewish people in ancient Persia that was subverted at the final hour. *The heroine of this story was a woman, Queen Esther, whose nerve and diplomatic savvy rescued the Jewish community from a plot to destroy it.