How Can We Sleep?

Oct 6, 2016 by

It was my grandmother who asked me, “Why do rabbis always talk about Jonah on Yom Kippur? Can’t they think of some other subject?” ...

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Promises of Liberation

Apr 20, 2016 by

This week is framed by the unfulfilled promises of liberation. On April 16, we celebrated Emancipation Day, which marks the...

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Being but a Cog in the Work to...

Aug 6, 2015 by

On August 1, 2015, I was lucky enough to pronounce the final benediction at a ceremony beginning the NAACP‘s 45-day American Journey...

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America’s Continuing Journey f...

Jul 17, 2015 by

Thirty summers ago, my family packed into the station wagon for a cross-country road trip.  One of the highlights of our entire...

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One Big Victory, No Matter How...

Aug 18, 2014 by

Yestel Velasquez is a deeply-rooted member of the New Orleans community who has literally helped rebuild the city in the wake of...

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Affirming Affirmative Action

Apr 23, 2014 by

When I was a high school student, I had clear-cut ideas about affirmative action: it wasn’t fair. Inspired by that great principle of...

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The Fast That I Desire: Honori...

Mar 12, 2014 by

Our world has not been perfect for quite a long time. In every age, our people have struggled to act in ways that can bring our world...

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Learning from the Matter: Our ...

Nov 22, 2013 by

Mine is a strange relation to the tragic 50th anniversary we commemorate today, because I was not alive the day John Kennedy died.  I...

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