Rabbi Barry H. Block is rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the editor of “The Mussar Torah Commentary” and “The Social Justice Torah Commentary” (CCAR Press, 2020 and 2021).
Rabbi Barry H. Block
By Rabbi Barry H. Block
My Jewish ancestors owned slaves. That shameful knowledge fuels my rabbinic activism today
(JTA) — In “The Social Justice Torah Commentary,” Rabbi Brian Stoller describes a turtle-shaped dinner bell that his great-grandmother used to summon a Black butler to attend to her needs at the family’s Shabbat table. When I got to that line while editing the volume, I felt a jolt of familiarity: An identical bell served…
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