May 12, 2021 By The Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event video
What can we learn from the history of Holocaust reparations that can inform our thinking about reparations for Black Americans? The Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture in Law and Ethics.Read More
Mar 5, 2021 By Rachel Kahn-Troster | Commentary | Ki Tissa
I’ve been a human rights activist for more than a decade, beginning my work by organizing the Jewish community to speak out against torture. One of the first things I learned—a theme that resurfaces across many of the campaigns for human rights that I have been part of—is that when people act out of fear, when their sense of safety and security is challenged, they make unfortunate choices.Read More
Oct 23, 2020 By Yitz Landes | Commentary | Noah
It has never been easier to identify with Noah.
In a normal year, we would be reading this week’s parashah in an entirely different setting: after a summer of sun, camp, and trips, and following the long holiday season, we would be entering our homes and settling into the fall, saying goodbye to the physical togetherness that defines the summer and the holiday season, just as the day gets shorter and the month of Marheshvan commences.Read More
Aug 28, 2020 By Stephanie Ruskay | Commentary | Ki Tetzei
The Jewish master narrative hinges on retelling our own story of being enslaved and freed by God to become a holy people. We tell this story repeatedly, and it is meant to wash over our souls and permeate our brains. Enslavement should feel real, as should the taste of freedom.Read More
Jul 21, 2020 By The Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event video | Video Lecture
Our country currently faces a reckoning with structural racism. As Jews, we have faith that our tradition represents a moral voice for justice and equality. Yet we also recognize that we have often failed to fully heed that voice and so must confront the enduring influence of racial discrimination and white privilege in our community. JTS’s Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice presents a discussion with two leading thinkers on the issue.
Jul 17, 2020 By Daniel Nevins | Commentary | Masei | Mattot
What does restorative justice look like? The Torah pauses Israel’s journey toward the Land to consider this complex question. Forty years of desert wandering have come to their end, and only the thin ribbon of the River Jordan divides the Israelites from their promised land. As the distance remaining falls to footsteps, urgency mounts to establish values and norms for sovereignty and justice.Read More