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Marc Chagall's tapestries in Chagall Hall in the Knesset

I recently explored some sites in Jerusalem, including the Knesset (parliament) building. A friend works there, and I was excited to learn from her on a guided tour.

The author wearing a tallit and tefillin

Yes, I wear a prayer shawl and phylacteries when I pray but it has taken me years to get over judging myself as a woman wearing items “traditionally” worn only by men.

Book cover: Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority: Our Jewish Obligation to Social Justice

God created human beings to partner with God to shape a world of justice and compassion. The sphere of divine concern is global, extending to all who inhabit the planet.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

On MLK Jr. Day, we often see a sanitized, nonconfrontational version of King that is far from the radical activist who was reviled during his time for his justice work.