Why is This ‘Oved’ Different from The Other Seder ‘Oved’?

"When do we eat?" is often identified as the fifth question at the Passover seder, after the prescribed four about dipping and reclining, bitter herbs and unleavened bread. Just as often, in my experience, people are asking about two Hebrew words that look identical in English transliteration: 'oved' meaning 'slave' and 'oved' in the phrase … Continue reading Why is This ‘Oved’ Different from The Other Seder ‘Oved’?

Trouble to See #1: Expelling a Crease or Two

[updated 8/15] At the invitation of Temple Micah's Lunch and Learn program (8/10/16), I shared some thoughts about Jews and Racial Justice. I appreciate the opportunity. As promised, I offer the references cited for anyone who wants to explore further: Jews and Racial Justice reference page. I also include below a link to the SongRiseDC … Continue reading Trouble to See #1: Expelling a Crease or Two

Blasphemy of Pharaoh’s Overreach: Theology, Context and the Trouble I’ve Seen

"Claiming the center stage, just like Pharaoh and Caesar did in their time, has always been a blasphemous overreach that actually places oneself on the margins of God's reign," thus writes Drew G.I. Hart in Trouble I've Seen.  This new title focuses on "Changing the Way the Church Sees Racism," but much of what Hart … Continue reading Blasphemy of Pharaoh’s Overreach: Theology, Context and the Trouble I’ve Seen

“Wrestling Jerusalem” and Listening thru Oppression

"...but they did not heed because of shortness of spirit-breath" (Exodus) "It's complicated..." ("Wrestling Jerusalem") Early on in the Exodus story, we learn that the Hebrew slaves in Egypt were unable to absorb Moses' message of imminent redemption because of "shortness of breath" or "crushed spirit" due to "hard work" or "cruel bondage" (Exodus 6:9; … Continue reading “Wrestling Jerusalem” and Listening thru Oppression