Jewish Journal

  • Immigration and the scoundrels

    By Aryeh Cohen

    February 8, 2013 | 5:52 am

    What is it that the Jewish community brings to the discussion of immigration? What learned wisdom do we have to share?

    It is true that the Jewish people is a people born and nurtured in the Diaspora, as immigrants, as strangers and sojourners on the way to or from somewhere else,... read on

  • Ban the Guns, Strengthen Democracy

    By Aryeh Cohen

    January 11, 2013 | 10:34 am

    There are two different forces arrayed against gun control in the current debate—the forces of opposition and the forces of obfuscation. The forces of opposition are those whose allegiance to gun ownership brooks neither compromise nor debate. The forces of obfuscation are a more... read on

  • Budgeting as a Moral Practice and Why I Support Proposition 30

    By Aryeh Cohen

    October 30, 2012 | 9:23 pm

    How do we translate our common moral commitments into action?

    For argument's sake let us agree that we all believe in the dignity of every human being.  That is, we believe that a person's dignity is an inalienable part of their being, to borrow a phrase from the founders. In... read on

  • What is at stake?: Elections, budgets, ethics

    By Aryeh Cohen

    October 19, 2012 | 11:45 am

    It seems that every third line in any debate or speech by any candidate or advocate of public policy is about money. About the so-called bottom line. Who can and who cannot balance a budget? Who should and who should not pay taxes and how much taxes? What can we as a State, as a... read on

  • On Generosity and Justice

    By Aryeh Cohen

    September 25, 2012 | 11:28 am

    So what else is there to say about Mitt Romney's tax returns? I would suggest that we could learn at least two things from them. First, on a personal level, it seems that Mitt and Ann Romney are very generous people. They donated $4.02 million in charity in 2011 (out of $13.7... read on

  • Obamacare, SCOTUS and the monetization of our morals

    By Aryeh Cohen

    July 2, 2012 | 4:55 pm

    Justice Roberts surprised everybody by joining and writing the opinion for the majority in the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I want to suggest that his decision is to be appreciated by the progressive community not only for upholding the... read on

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Aryeh Cohen the author of the book Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism is a professor, a social justice activist, a rabbi and a lecturer.


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