Rabbi Michael Rothbaum is spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton, Mass. He serves on the advisory boards of the Jewish Alliance of Law and Social Action (JALSA) and the New England Jewish Labor Committee, and is a member of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. He lives in Acton with his husband, Yiddish singer Anthony Russell.
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Dear Public Officials: We Don’t Need Calm, We Need Mourning
By now the ritual is regrettably predictable. A public official approaches a podium emblazoned with an official seal, perhaps flanked by the flags of their city and state, and maybe the U.S. flag. Just outside the frame, the shutters of a dozen cameras snap, capturing the official’s somber expression and ever-so-gently bowed head.
The Blood We Are Seeing in the Street Was Always There
In Exodus, the Egyptians shed innocent blood. Then God made this blood visible for all to see.
Passover During a Pandemic: The Art of Surviving and Thriving
We have survived catastrophe in the past. And not just survived – ultimately, we thrived.