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Israelis control Palestinian water resources, directing two-thirds of it to Israeli settlers who use three times the amount of water Palestinian homes do. Palestinians must buy their own water back from Israel. Israel also controls the flow to the private family cisterns, and families receive a refill once every five days. My host family corrected […]

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Noticing the Shadow of the Cross

As a rabbinical student and someone who wears a kippah every day, I think of myself as being pretty comfortable with being Jewish. Since starting to wear a kippah in public in 2009, I have gradually grown more and more comfortable with being publicly Jewish and religious. While I have been harassed for being Jewish […]

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The Immigration Office

The Ufficio di Immigrazione of Rome is in a remote location, so remote that it feels like a final test of the long journey of immigrants to Italy. One has to make their way to Termini, Rome’s central train station, then find a commuter rail out to Tor Sapienza, a dusty suburb on the outskirts […]

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Appropriate Qualifications

It makes sense that if you want to get ahead in higher education, you should pursue graduate and doctoral studies. Setting an example for the students is one of the most powerful tools we have as educators. We set ourselves in front of the classroom and say ‘if I can manage student loan debt, working […]

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The Valley of the Shadow of Death – Seeking a Jewish Afterlife

A month ago, my mother-in-law’s brother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Tom (may his memory be for a blessing), was far too young, too healthy, and too committed to his family for anyone to accept his sudden death as anything but a shock. When leaving the funeral, my mother-in-law, Linda — who is a catholic […]

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Hospitality or Friendship ?

These days there is a lot of talk of hospitality in the field of theologies of religions.  Some time ago I presented a paper at the global congress The World’s Religions after September 11 on the concept of interfaith friendship as a bridge for peace.  As I read and reflect on the use of the term […]

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Taken by Jenn Lindsay in Rome on July 17, 2014.

The Roman Jewish Vigil for Israel

In the Piazza della Rotunda of the Pantheon, at the heart of Rome, there was a rally in support of Israel held by the historic Roman Jewish community. Traces of trauma from World War II are here, scattered throughout the cobblestone streets in gold plaques marking former homes of Jews murdered over the tortuous last years […]

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Fasting for the Chibok Girls: Lessons During Ramadan

Ramadan is in full swing, and even though I am not Muslim and do not observe this holy month as part of my faith tradition, I have a deep respect for my Muslim friends and neighbors and the intense spirituality that accompanies this time. A Muslim friend of mine recently told me that she feels […]

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About State of Formation

State of Formation, founded as an offshoot of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies (JIRS), is a program of CIRCLE, The Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education at Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School.

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