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#WeCantBreathe and Advent

On Sunday, December 7, there was a message preached at the Memorial Church of Harvard University. It was an urgent and powerful call, and it affected each person who walked out of that morning worship service. But I’m not talking about the sermon. While Professor Jonathan Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister […]

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More Than Just the Baby in the Manger

Sometimes the timing of things does make me believe in alignments of stars or planets or fate, in a terrible kind of way. I wake up this morning to the news of the attack on the Peshawar school in Pakistan, where an attack has left—at latest count—145 dead, many of them children. I scroll through […]

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The Illusion of Separation

Every core part of my identity that I love and treasure has a history of oppression that comes with it. I am African-American. I am a woman. I am in a same gender loving relationship. And I am a practitioner of an indigenous African spiritual tradition. I live at the intersections of all these realities. […]

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Obama Administration Renews Lease on Racial Profiling

Originally Published in TIME.com On Monday, the Obama Administration unveiled updated guidance on how federal law enforcement should address racial profiling. Rather than discarding the ineffective practice, the new guidance issued by the Department of Justice gives profiling a new lease on life. The new guidance opens by saying that profiling is wrong, yet proceeds […]

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Just Another Brick in the Barrier…..

I knew Rabbi Twersky. We weren’t best buddies, or drinking pals, or even very close, but I considered him a friend. I met him several times in Boston and in Israel and always found him to be a great giver of Torah and a pleasant man who loved the Jewish people. The horrific events surrounding […]

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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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How Doctors Talk: Medicine and the Misuse of Language

I am finishing my residency training at a large urban hospital in Boston. We sit miles away from some of the best research institutions in the world, and also amongst the most disenfranchised in the city. On many days this paradox is stifling – namely, the stark contrast between money for social services versus emerging […]

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“There is no such thing as Palestine!”–Dispatch from Palestine

“You can’t teach me anything about Europeans,” once commented the deputy mayor of Jerusalem. Europeans had killed his father. “You can’t teach me anything about Palestinians.” Palestinians had killed his mother. The deputy mayor embodied a common sentiment among Zionists, many of whom had suffered dear losses to one or another enemy of the Jewish […]

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Sanctifying Black Lives

Our nation is in spiritual crisis. As a nation, we have profaned the holiness of God as it is manifest in black lives. There are not sufficient words to describe the pain and injustice that is present in Ferguson, of which this week’s grand jury decision is only one piece. Hearts are breaking. People are […]

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Celebrating Religions On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is such an American holiday. Turkey, stuffing, apple pie and football… what could be more American than that? Well, how about religion, or rather many different religions? It used to be that Thanksgiving was strictly a family affair. Extended family members would often brave snow storms and other kinds of bad weather to arrive […]

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