Lawrence Bush: Our religious tradition helped me be as cautious about the dangers of embracing socialism as I am about the dangers of living with the anarchic, idolatrous individualism of capitalism — cautious, but not paralyzed, because as both Karl Marx and the sages of the Talmud said (Kiddushin 40b), what counts is not just contemplating the world, but changing it.
Can Stones Be Holy? What is the point of Judaism, if not to redeem us from worshipping “wood and stone”? Standing in the Kotel plaza, squinting in the harsh Mediterranean sun, I see that the Kotel is visibly darker about two feet above the ground. That darker strip is where visitors, pilgrims, tourists, and davenners