There’s a moment in Picture Of His Life (Playmount Productions), the new documentary by directing team Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin, when you realize that, despite it being a fairly conventional story of redemption and triumph, this isn’t fiction, and in real life things don’t always go as planned.
In this instance, the plan is for renowned Israeli underwater photographer Amos Nachoum to capture an image of a polar bear up close and in the water. But as the 65-year old Nachoum dives off his boat in the middle of the Canadian arctic and...Read More
In the United States, the only widely celebrated holiday commemorating Black American rights is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. But as the U.S. reckons with its history of systemic racism, particularly in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, many have begun learning about the lesser-known but incredibly important holiday of Juneteenth, which we observe on June 19: the day commemorating the legal freedom of enslaved Black Americans.
For many white observers, the protests calling for an end to police violence and Black liberation that erupted over the weekend may have appeared sudden. Yes, they came directly after the killing of George Floyd, but they were anything but sudden. The relatively swift decision to charge the officer who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis stands in stark contrast to the delayed (to put it mildly) investigation that few if any prior deaths of Black and Brown people at the hands of police or...Read More
As a Zionist rabbi, I believe this is the moment for a universal declaration of support for the fact that Black Lives Matter. For me, the issue is simple: As a Jew, and as a human being, I support the essential right of all human beings to breathe and to live. That is fundamental to what it means to be a person.
Early Zionists set out to create a utopian and exemplary society. Its socialist and egalitarian nature called for equal treatment among genders, races, and ethnicities. Today’s Israeli society is far from achieving its utopian ideals, but our job as Zionists, since the...Read More
What would happen if poor and low-wealth people across the United States banded together to act for change? That’s the idea behind the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
This week, Rev. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, joined Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, for a Facebook Live conversation about how faith communities in the U.S. are...Read More