Modern western democracies and free-market economies are in crisis. The theory of trickle down -- that a vibrant market economy eventually leads to growth and prosperity for all members of society -- fails to explain the rising vulnerability among a growing number of households.
The room was packed and at every table American Jews and Syrian Refugees were smiling and trying to communicate. Everyone had name tags in English, Hebrew and Arabic and with very few words beyond each other's names, extraordinary warmth and gratitude was expressed.
The good news is that there are many people in both of these religions who are capable of reclaiming the hopeful and loving and justice-oriented instincts that were there at the beginning and to create beautiful rituals to embody that energy.
“We cannot lose faith in our capacity to make a difference."
Surveys reveal a disturbingly large number of American Jews who feel disconnected from their Jewish identity. How painfully sad! In response, and with the High Holy Days just around the corner, let me share what being Jewish means to me.
Although designated an "orphan disease" because it affects less than 200,000 Americans, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) saw millions of benefactors stand tall last year to douse themselves with ice water in support of a cure. The numbers were staggering.