One of the concerns I have about Donald Trump’s presidency is Trump’s emphasis on “ripping up” various trade and environmental deals we are a part of as a nation. Treaties and multilateral agreements are not “laws” that we adhere to — they are commitments of broad policy, frameworks for dispute resolution, methods of working out technical issues in trade and with the environment, and more abstractly, represent the United States on the world stage. One Hebrew word for treaty is Berith, which may also mean covenant, an implication of sacred bond. The American global reputation is staked partly on our honest and faithful participation in these covenants.
Dear Mr. Kushner:
Today one of the most shocking and disturbing events in American history will unfold, an event I and many others more intelligent and informed than myself thought would not, could not, happen. Reading an article about climate change yesterday evening I thought of a friend of mine — a good hearted spiritual leader committed to truth and justice — who is a climate skeptic. He thinks that human caused climate catastrophe will not, could not, happen. “Surely when he watches Trump’s inauguration he will change his mind,” the thought flickered across my radar. Not because the Trump administration is primed to hasten and worsen the coming destruction wrought by climate change, which it is, but because watching Trump become President should expand our visceral sense of the possibilities of the horrible.
As Donald Trump ascends to the presidency, the American Jewish community faces a critical question: under a populist president with a penchant for scapegoating and mistrust of non-white communities, who are we?
With the Jewish high holidays and Hanukah long in the rear view mirror, it can only mean one thing. The season premiere of a series the Jewish people have been binge reading for thousands of years will finally return to your local synagogue: Exodus. Yes, it’s rare for a series to maintain its momentum and integrity after its premier and especially after Season 1 of the Torah, Genesis, seemingly had it all. Genesis had the family disarray of Transparent and the secrecy of The Night Of; the blood, drama, passion and more we all crave were delivered weekly on Saturdays with previews available on Monday and Thursday mornings.