Remember Your Exodus

“…you shall love the alien as yourself; remember that you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” Lev. 19:34 Remember when we were slaves in Egypt, our men working in the brickyards under relentless quotas and merciless taskmasters? Remember the death edict that stole our sons and the risks we took to save as many as […]

Peace Is Not Dead Yet

Bethlehem isn’t far from Jerusalem. It’s maybe just a 10-minute drive. Our taxi was waved through the checkpoint. As we took the worn asphalt road toward Star Street, Claude asked our driver what he thought of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority that controls parts of the West Bank. He turned toward the […]

When Walls Crumble: A Tale of Tea, Lazy Saturdays and Separation

This summer I traveled back to Israel-Palestine. As my friend Elie and I drove to Sepphoris, through Nazareth and back, she told me what it was like growing up in Jerusalem. “On the weekend we would drive to Bethlehem to eat and shop. Everything was closed on Saturdays for Shabbat, but Bethlehem was just a […]

We Start at a Loss

I am at a loss. In the aftermath of the U.S. election I see the national terrain differently. I see people differently. The veneer is gone. I can’t unsee what’s been revealed. I made time to lament for seven days. Black was all I saw, all I felt, and so all I wore. The grief […]

A Promise to the Underdogs

“We’re studying the Beatitudes,” he mentioned as he plopped into the beanbag. His 6th grade Sunday School class was covering, Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. So I quizzed him. “What does ‘blessed’ mean?” “It means God is pleased with you–like it’s good to be meek.” “What does it mean to be […]