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Sep 23, 2021, 8:28 AM
What Do You Mean By Zionism?
“This is a difficult thing to say and ask. My thinking may be muddy, concussed, confused, filled with misrepresentations, so to speak,” I said to a self-proclaimed right-wing American Christian Zionist. I had no idea what she was talking...
Aug 30, 2021, 9:49 AM
Ba’al in the Delta
In Florida, hundreds of children are in intensive care suffering from Covid. In Texas, an infant girl with Covid was airlifted 150 miles because the local hospitals were overrun with cases, too full to accommodate her life-or-death needs. This...
Jun 7, 2021, 11:55 AM
Making Mitzvas For Those Lost In A Desert
I am named after my grandfather, Simon Yiddle, Yiddish name. In Hebrew, it’s Shimon Yehuda. In the USA, Stephen Jay. Simon (descendent of the Rabbi Shimon Yehuda) was from Lithuania where he studied to be a Rabbi until the Czar...
Mar 29, 2021, 5:39 AM
When Jesus is made into a stranger in his own homeland
Amid weaving a tapestry of human rights heroes, a university president referred to Jesus as “a Jew in Roman occupied Palestine.” The comment was quick, dishonest, and politically intentional, but most disturbingly, it violated Jesus’ own human rights. It...
Feb 27, 2021, 11:56 AM
My Mentor Descended From America’s largest Jewish Slave Owning Family
Senator Chuck Schumer is the most successful American Jewish politician, if we absent Judah Benjamin. Louisiana elected Judah Benjamin to the Senate in 1852. He was one of Slavery’s most eloquent supporters and became Attorney General, Secretary of War...
Jan 26, 2021, 6:16 AM
Never Again: Praying With Our Feet and Abraham Joshua Heschel
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was devastated to find the Nazi policies he fled as a Jew in play in the U.S. against Black people in March 1940. This Rabbi/philosopher made a stink, not merely with his words, but with...
Dec 31, 2020, 12:32 AM
Anti-Judaism & historian Heather Cox Richardson
I am big fan of Heather Cox Richardson, an important and renowned political historian of 19th century America who is rescuing the United States from ignorant historical narratives. If you’re not reading her daily “Letters From an American” you’re...
Dec 21, 2020, 9:16 AM
Who Owns Chanukah
Years ago, an administrator at a place where I worked, was concerned about inclusivity and asked me to speak about Chanukah not long after it was over. My expressed fear at the time was that lecturing on Chanukah during...
Nov 23, 2020, 7:17 AM
The New Golden Calf: United States Presidential Election
The biblical Exodus from slavery meant freedom; freedom allowed one to create and to be responsible for the other, which ushered in salvation. (The root of the Hebrew word for other (Acher or Akher) also means responsibility (Acherot). What did...
Dr. Stephen Stern is the author of The Unbinding of Isaac: A Phenomenological Midrash of Genesis 22, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies & Interdisciplinary Studies, and Chair of Jewish Studies at Gettysburg College