“A Song Every Day” focuses on Jewish thought, often highlighting issues of gender and sexuality. These issues are central to interdenominational Jewish differences as well as to controversies within and across other faith communities. …And yet, much interfaith and interdenominational dialogue proceeds without directly addressing gender — beyond, perhaps, “balance by numbers.” Guidelines for local dialogues rarely mention the topic. Scholarly explorations remain largely within academy walls. This must change if inter-religious dialogue is to truly succeed. And successful inter-religious dialogue is essential to addressing many conflicts here in the U.S. and abroad. Thus, “A Song Every Day” offers “InterFaith and Gender” resources. Here’s the new parent-page: Gender / Sexuality / Dialogue. Thanks for your patience as “A Song Every Day” undergoes some re-organization.
Speech, Suspicion, and Security
My God, help me remember that “just as the hand can kill, so can
the tongue,” tweet, blog, or Congressional hearing….
Update from House Committee on Homeland Security — “On March 10, the Committee will convene the first in a series of hearings examining radicalization in the American Muslim community and the community’s response to it. Additional information about this hearing will be distributed in the coming days.”
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Shoulder to Shoulder, All Faiths and Philosophies
March 7, 2011, is the beginning of a new month in the Jewish calendar. The new moon, with its slim light, is traditionally understood as a time of some anxiety and of hope. Prayers recited just prior to the new moon ask that the new month bring increase in a variety of areas. “At the New Moon” is adapted from these prayers and asks specifically for increased understanding and unity across communities.
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