Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., founded (1983) and directs The Shalom Center. In 2014 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award as Human Rights Hero from T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. In 2015 the Forward named him one of the “most inspiring” Rabbis. His most recent book of 22 is Freedom Journeys: The Tale of Exodus & Wilderness Across Millennia, co-authored with Rabbi Phyllis Berman (Jewish Lights Publ., 2011). His most recent arrest of about 22 was in an interfaith climate action at the White House before Passover & Palm Sunday, 2013.

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Stop the Crippling of the Clean Air Act

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow 06-10-2010
The brazen chutzpah of Big Oil and Big Coal is amazing.

The "Freedom Flotilla" Tragedy

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow 06-01-2010
On May 31, I awoke to news reports that the Israeli Navy had boarded and fired on 10 small ships in international waters approaching the coast of Gaza and bearing humanitarian supplies for Palestin

Big Oil Isn't Just a Gulf Coast Crisis

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow 05-05-2010
An oil rig exploded into fire, and a huge oil spill -- perhaps the biggest in history -- is spreading across the Gulf of Mexico and will soon wreak both ecological and economic devastation on the

Enough Jawboning: A Bold but Hopeful Proposal for Middle East Peace

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow 04-12-2010

There is a biblical story in which Samson used the jawbone of an ass to defeat his enemies. Today some politicians seem to think "jawboning" -- talk and more talk, whether sweet or angry -- can actually win peace in the Middle East. But it will take much stronger action.

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow 04-08-2010
The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea.

Howard Zinn's Last Advice to Me (and America): 'Independence from the Military-Corporation'

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow 01-28-2010

Tuesday morning -- just two days ago -- I wrote to half a dozen leaders of progressive thought and action in America, each separately, the letter that follows.

Fort Hood Shootings and the Prophetic 'IF'

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow 11-06-2009
One reader wrote me to ask: " "What effect will the Fort Hood shootings have on the American public's perception of Islam?" That question asks us to be foretellers, fortune tellers, to predict.

We Need an Abrahamic Alliance of the 'Passionate Best'

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow 10-26-2009

For the next few days in Washington, D.C., 1,200 people are gathering in the name of a "pro-Israel, pro-peace" U.S. policy. Because of my broken leg, I can't be physically there. But my mind and spirit and 40 years of my work are there today.

Israel, Gaza, and the Goldstone Report: A Call for Self-Examination During the High Holy Days

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow 09-23-2009

During these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews are called on to reexamine our own actions -- our "missings of the mark." The emphasis is on OUR sins -- not those of individuals alone, but of the community -- and the sins of ourselves, not of other people, even our en

I'm Awake at 3 a.m. because My Ribs are Hurting

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow 08-28-2009
For 25 years I have been a member of a private health insurance plan that seemed to be meeting my needs. My problems were routine, and so were their responses.