Posts in Grief
Facing Ecological Grief Together

The catastrophe colloquially called ‘climate change’ is matched in immensity by the breadth of human emotional responses to it. From denial to numbness to anger and everything else, we are intimately feeling our planet’s health. But the more I write about this, the more I realize that identifying the problem isn’t really the answer we need most right now.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s a definite time to write educational pieces, alarming pieces, and articles that confront the scale of our situation to keep us humble, informed, and ready to take action. But that’s the key: don’t we need to spend this precious time doing something about our environmental problems, rather than just talking about them?

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Sitting Shiva for the State of Jewish America

On October 27th, 2018, Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and opened fire on congregants while proclaiming his desire to kill all Jews. This was an antisemitic massacre, plain and simple. It was not an isolated incident, but a violent outburst in a climate of antisemitism which has festered in the United States for some time.

In the last week since the massacre, Jews in America have been in mourning and in reflection over what this attack means for our community, our understanding of Jewish identity in the States, and how we address the cultural antisemitism which informed it.

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