Seventy years, in Jewish tradition, represents a lifetime. As the psalmist wrote, “The span of our life is 70 years.”
Our tradition demands that we wrestle with our texts on their own terms and not be seduced by Christian interpretations or the allure of power.
It probably feels good to sit in the comfort of your Long Island living room and send money to expand Beit El. But your children weren’t among the Israeli soldiers and police officers who faced Beit El settlers throwing rocks and burning tires during last year’s demolition of two illegal buildings there.
The New York governor’s executive order constitutes a frightening attack on free speech that will create a backlash against Israel and Jews, Jill Jacobs argues.
Ask any American Jew what the Jewish National Fund does, and they will most likely answer, ‘It plants trees in Israel.’ But the reality is much more complicated.
This year will witness the reintegration, at long last, of a Jewish vision for social justice in both the Diaspora and in Israel.
Priorities for wiping out slavery in the U.S. for good? Pass critical protections and services to victims of human trafficking.
American Jewish institutions have maintained a shameful silence on the Israeli plan to build settlements in the ‘E1’ bloc, even though it is a severe blow to the two-state solution.
A mob of Israeli teens attacked four Palestinians in Jerusalem, beating them nearly to death. Jill Jacobs wants American Jews to examine our own responsibility.
Last week, Rabbi Jill Jacobs wrote about Sukkot and social justice and asked discussed the importance of place. Her posts are being featured this week on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit: