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Sanctuary for Immigrants By Michael Ramberg

I have served as campus rabbi at Ursinus College for just four months but I already have been fortunate to work with lots of incredible students committed to repairing the world. Some of them have connected their passion for social justice and/or service to their religious traditions, but usually only to the extent that they […]

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Is God Afraid of Sexuality? – Part 2

A few weeks ago, I was inspired to begin exploring the relationship between sexuality, religion and fear. In Part 1 of my essay, I purposefully chose an image of God that was a man with a stern expression because this is what I was socialized to believe God was as a child. God was male. He […]

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AA_woman_of_Samaria_c1912.jpg. By unattributed [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Life is Hard Here — Dispatch from Palestine

The heavy rain doused the aluminum-roofed shack. Rivulets carved paths through the thick mud around the house. But inside, the house was cozy, comfortable. Thick carpets and bouncy velvet couches make this hard Palestinian life easier. Because life is hard here. This woman has three children and all three of them are disabled with Berardinelli […]

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AJewish_Settlement_Police.jpg. Source: Yair Malachi, circa 1942

The Beginning of a Settlement — Dispatch from Palestine

Mahmoud’s family lives one Palestinian hill over from a newly-forming illegal Jewish settlement. Six Jewish settlers arrived about a year ago with tents and made a primitive campsite. All year they prayed on the hill in religious pilgrimage. All settlements start this way. The original owner has a claim on this land and papers originating […]

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Taken by author Jenn Lindsay in Palestine

“Come and see, then go and tell”–Dispatch from Palestine

The Tent of Nations is an organic farm on a long narrow strip of Palestinian land that has held its deed since 1917, through four occupations: Turkish, British, Jordanian, and Israeli. It is placed in the middle of a circle of 5 Israeli settlements. The farmers mark the last clash with Israeli military forces in […]

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Walt Disney’s Theology of Hope, pt. 2

Read Part I here. I truly believe Walt Disney was one of the great visionaries of the American landscape. I would locate him in a rather small handful of great minds that include Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Howard Hughes, Hugh Hefner, and Steve Jobs – each of whom are what we might call […]

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Is God Afraid of Sexuality? – Part 1

When I facilitate quarterly Interfaith Spirituality & Sexuality discussions, I often encourage people to look at the authority in their lives by simply asking, “What is the Truth? What is the Lie?” Although some religions discount the wisdom of our bodies, they are excellent truth and lie detectors. When someone affirms my personal spiritual truth, […]

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Shirim in her field near Husan Village, taken by author Jenn Lindsay

“Just Tell Our Story” — Dispatch from Palestine

We met Shirim at her family’s olive grove plot. It falls just outside the Betar Illit settlement. More accurately, it falls on the entire hill but the settlement imposed itself right on top of the farmland that has belonged to her family for five generations. She is forbidden to access her land beyond the current […]

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Maurycy Gottlieb [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

An Improvised Family: Yom Kippur with Rome’s Progressive Jews

Normally people do not go to Rome to refrain from eating. But it was Yom Kippur, and I was on my way to afternoon services at Beth Hillel, Rome’s new progressive Jewish community. My long walk to the Beth Hillel service on the Janiculum Hill started on the banks of the Tiber River. In Piazza Navona […]

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When in Rome, Do as the Progressive Roman Jews Do

I was late to Rosh Hashanah services at Beth Hillel, Rome’s new progressive Jewish community. I meant to leave my apartment at 6pm but I scooted out the door by 6:45pm, realizing that the mistake would cost me 22 euros in cab fare. On the way up the Janiculum Hill I remarked how beautiful the […]

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