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Two Friends, Two Prophets: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr. by Susannah Heschel

Posted by Radical Jew on January 18, 2021 with No Comments

Source: Two Friends, Two Prophets: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr. by Susannah Heschel

shanah tovah u’metukah

Posted by Radical Jew on September 18, 2020 with No Comments

The birthday of the world

BY MARGE PIERCY

On the birthday of the world
I begin to contemplate
what I have done and left
undone, but this year
not so much rebuilding

of my perennially damaged
psyche, shoring up eroding
friendships, digging out
stumps of old resentments
that refuse to rot on their own.

No, this year I want to call
myself to task for what
I have done and not done
for peace. How much have
I dared in opposition?

How much have I put
on the line for freedom?
For mine and others?
As these freedoms are pared,
sliced and diced, where

have I spoken out? Who
have I tried to move? In
this holy season, I stand
self-convicted of sloth
in a time when lies choke

the mind and rhetoric
bends reason to slithering
choking pythons. Here
I stand before the gates
opening, the fire dazzling

my eyes, and as I approach
what judges me, I judge
myself. Give me weapons
of minute destruction. Let
my words turn into sparks.

A fair shake for everyone–Jews in the Labor Movement.

Posted by Radical Jew on May 1, 2020 with No Comments

https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/labor-movement-in-united-states Jewish Role in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) These women came ready to fight

The Klezmatics-Woody Guthrie’s “Happy Joyous Hanukkah.”

Posted by Radical Jew on December 2, 2018 with No Comments

   

Yom Kippur 2018

Posted by Radical Jew on September 18, 2018 with No Comments

Yom Kippur 1984 BY ADRIENNE RICH I drew solitude over me, on the long shore. —Robinson Jeffers, “Prelude” For whoever does not afflict his soul through this day, shall be cut off from his people. —Leviticus 23:29 What is a Jew in solitude? What would it mean not to feel lonely or afraid far from […]

Rosh Hashanah 2018

Posted by Radical Jew on September 9, 2018 with No Comments

At the Threshold of the Book BY EDMOND JABÈS TRANSLATED BY ROSMARIE WALDROP Mark the first page of the book with a red marker. For, in the beginning, the wound is invisible. – Reb Alcé “What is going on behind this door?”     “A book is shedding its leaves.”     “What is the story of the book?” […]

Are Jews White?

Posted by Radical Jew on June 15, 2018 with No Comments

Are Jews White? – The Atlantic Are Jews White?  American History Says It’s Complicated Are Jews White?  It’s a Mistake Even to Ask.-The Americain Prospect Definitions of Whiteness in the United States-Wikipedia A Rapid Shift For Jews Away From Religion, But Not Jewishness-NPR How Jews Became Too White Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh White […]

Jufis

Posted by Radical Jew on June 7, 2018 with No Comments

                                 Abraham Maimonides: A Jewish Sufi 5 Jewish Sufis You Should Know

The Shoemaker’s Tale, now available as an ebook.

Posted by Radical Jew on May 19, 2018 with No Comments

From the New York Times Book Review By ALISON CARB SUSSMAN Mark Ari…seamlessly blends Jewish folk tales and mysticism with the universal quest for life’s meaning. When 4-year-old Meir’s parents are killed during a pogrom in 18th-century Warsaw, he and his 12-year-old sister, Yetta, must fend for themselves. After Yetta runs off with an official’s […]

Karsten Troyke & Trio Scho – Der Rebbe Elimelech

Posted by Radical Jew on March 18, 2017 with No Comments

Kol Nidre

Posted by Radical Jew on October 11, 2016 with No Comments

  Examining the Mystery of Kol Nidre

Happy Chanukah!

Posted by Radical Jew on December 6, 2015 with No Comments

Live at 90 in the Shade by Mark Ari

Song of Songs, Shir Hashirim

Posted by Radical Jew on April 3, 2015 with No Comments

Chag Pesach Sameach from Radical Jew Book 22 Song of Solomon 22:001:001 The song of songs, which is Solomon’s. 22:001:002 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. 22:001:003 Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do […]

I’m against it!

Posted by Radical Jew on July 26, 2014 with No Comments

Performed by Groucho, written by Harry Ruby

Revolution / a poem by Joseph Bovshover set to music by Dick Gaughan

Posted by Radical Jew on March 19, 2014 with 1 Comment

  Joseph Bovshover, Yiddish Poet (1873–1915) Revolution I come like a comet new born Like the sun that arises at morning I come like the furious tempest That follows a thundercloud’s warning I come like the fiery lava From cloud-covered mountains volcanic I come like a storm from the north That the oceans awake to […]

David Bromberg and Jorma Kaukonen – Keep on Drinkin

Posted by Radical Jew on February 9, 2014 with No Comments