Jewish Journal

  • There Was A Choice?  Then This Is Wrong.

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    November 15, 2012 | 6:45 pm

    No, nobody is obliged to put up with rocket barrages aimed randomly at civilians.  Nobody could watch as their children are traumatized daily, or live with one’s own growing anger and anxiety when just commuting to work or going to the store becomes an act of steely resolve, and... read on

  • On Election Day, I hugged a Republican

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    November 9, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    So I’ve been quiet lately, election-obsessed, but still trying to work out that ‘non-partisan’ thing in anticipation of becoming a rabbi.  No more need for coyness now.  If you’re my FB friend, you know who I supported (and if the rest of you should guess that my candidate’s name... read on

  • Jew Prays, Is Arrested

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    October 19, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    We should all be outraged. On Tuesday, October 13, a Jew in the Middle East was arrested, shackled, stripped and roughed up for praying the Shema in public.  As it happens, the Middle Eastern country in question is the State of Israel, and the Jew was Anat Hoffman, Executive... read on

  • The Guilt of the Warmongers

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 16, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    First of all, Christopher Stevens sounds like a decent guy, a real mensch.  May his loved ones, those of everyone killed at the US embassy in Benghazi and everyone who died in protests this weekend be comforted.

    Second of all, this story is so full of weird wrinkles, it will be... read on

  • It Took Four Days

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 7, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    So what I really want to write about are the political party conventions.  However, I’m trying to sort my way through the issues around clergy and politics, what it means to be ‘partisan’ and not, and what are the practical how’s, when’s and where’s of it.

    So today I’ll... read on

  • Who’s A Good Pussy?

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    August 20, 2012 | 5:41 pm

    I don’t think the women of Pussy Riot should go to prison.  With their Punk Prayer, they’ve pushed human rights issues in Russia onto the international stage in ways that ‘respectable’ NGOs could not.  And they brought in some neon to break up the grey; they’re fun and kind... read on

  • Anglo-Saxon?  And By That You Mean…

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 26, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    So, I used to work as a flak in politics, and here’s something I learned.  If a candidate wanted to get a controversial opinion out there—say a racially marked dig at an opponent—here is how they might do it: get an unpaid advisor to make the remark for print but not... read on

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