A Song Every Day

Thoughts on Torah, prayer and Jewish miscellany

Mishpatim: Racism and Idolatry

This week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim ([Laws], Exodus 21:1-24:18), warns us severely and often about evils of racism. The bible knew no such word, of course, and, ironically, this portion also … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Faith Leaders Tell Congress: Take Action on Racial Justice

May each die-in act, symbolically embodying the last moments of the departed, bind their deaths more tightly into our national consciousness and collective commitment to change. — from “Grief and … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Exodus Revisited: Pharaoh’s “Hardened Heart” and Contemporary “Criminal Justice”

Pharaoh’s “hardened heart” plays a big role in Exodus, providing a framework for the ten plagues, the eventual freeing of the Israelites from bondage, and serious disaster for biblical Egypt. … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Unlikely Answers: At the Burning Bush with Durante, Mamie Smith, and Sherman Alexie

“Without impossible questions and unlikely answers, faith is only dust,” Sherman Alexie writes in a poem that finds Moses at the Burning Bush. Alexie reaches this mountaintop via a circuitous … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Community, Leadership, and Listening

Leadership and community are key elements in the early chapters of Exodus. We see a variety of strong actions and interactions: 1) Moses sees an Egyptian man striking a Hebrew; … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

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