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Discussion Guide – A Jewish Lens on Trafficking

July 1, 2014

What is the relationship between gender-based oppression and the trafficking of women? Why is trafficking a Jewish issue? How might Jewish communities draw on human rights and Jewish textual sources to address the issue?

Landlords and Tenants

July 1, 2014

Residents of a rent-stabilized apartment building in the Bronx were recently shocked to receive rent increases of up to 16 percent, far above the currently permitted increase of 4.5 percent. The landlord justified this increase by pointing to major work recently done on the building’s crumbling façade; according to NYC law, rent increases may be More »

A Jewish Lens on Trafficking

July 1, 2014

“…A non-Jewish slave that is purchased from a non-Jew, we say to this slave, ‘is it your desire to become one of the slaves of Israel and to be kosher?’…If so, we inform this slave about Judaism’s essential beliefs and some of the mitzvot …” Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 267:3 Laws of Slaves   Frederick Douglass’s More »

Eruvin by Ben Schachter

June 1, 2014

Ben Schachter is a professor in the Visual Arts Department Saint Vincent College. In these pieces, he depicts eruvin. All work is acrylic and thread on paperFive Towns 22 x 30″, 2010Johannesburg Eruvin 22 x 30″  2012Sydney Eruv 30 x 22″ 2012 Artist’s statement: These paintings illustrate a group of eruv maps. An eruv is a symbolic More »

Prompt on the Existence of Self

May 27, 2014

Prompt – look at the relationship of “self” to the creative process. How do we bring all of our own lives into relationship with text and creativity—without being self-indulgent? When does the authoritative voice belong in the first person? Always a vessel, always one, always interacting. It never stops. We are generative, creative, locomotion. Seared briefly More »


God and Me

Emily Goldberg
May 15, 2014

The ageless idea that God dwells among Jewish unity and tradition has become insufficient for me. Living in a generation where being a white Jewish female no longer makes the uniqueness cut, I crave creativity and authenticity similarly to how colleges view their applicants. As this crucial time in contemporary Judaism presents increasing rates of More »


All Creation Is Service

Rabbi Alon C Ferency
May 12, 2014

As a friend commented, I am “touchy-feely” but not “new-agey.” When a yoga teacher sonorously intones “your ‘self’ impairs your ability to ‘be present,”’ I glaze over and wonder when I next need to cut my nails. Yet, there is some truth to her statement, if we re-frame the sentiment: one’s sense of what would More »


The Gift that Keeps….

Rabbi Ben Goldstein
May 5, 2014

I was not much a student in high school.[1] I did not like studying for tests or doing homework, nor did I particularly having to take classes which did not interest me. What I did relish, however, was the opportunity to be one of the “theater geeks,[2] to be on stage and performing in the More »