Arthur Waskow


'Shvartze' and Why We Should Know Better

By Arthur Waskow

'Shvartze' and Why We Should Know Better
One day, as I was writing at my desk, the phone rang. From Washington, it was the leader of a Muslim civil-rights organization on the line.Read More


Sandy Sends Biblical Message About Climate

By Arthur Waskow

Sandy Sends Biblical Message About Climate
Sandy has sent an unmistakable biblical message about climate change. May the great storm teach us now to create a hurricane of social change, writes Arthur Waskow.Read More


The Wrong Answer to the Iraq War

By Arthur Waskow

If you are a Jew who believes that the American government’s invasion and occupation of Iraq has been a terrible ethical and practical misdeed, you now find yourself walking amid landmines.There is a broad spectrum of organizations that opposed the invasion of Iraq and is working to end the American military presence there. Many of theseRead More


Brickner Maintained Commitment to Social Justice

By Arthur Waskow

I am deeply saddened by the death last week of Rabbi Balfour Brickner.For two generations — as a pulpit rabbi in Washington, founding the staunchly liberal/progressive Temple Sinai, then on the national staff of the Reform movement, then as a pulpit rabbi again for New York City’s Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, and since his retirement thence,Read More


What If the Biblical Ruth Came to America?

By Arthur Waskow

If the biblical Ruth came to America today, what would happen? In the biblical story, Ruth was welcomed onto the fields of Boaz, where she gleaned what the regular harvesters had left behind. Boaz made sure that even this despised foreigner had a decent job at decent pay. When she went one night to the barn where the barleyRead More






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