Judaism as Rebellion

Judaism is nothing if it is not countercultural, a fierce critique of the world, of its culture, an insistence against all reason and evidence that kindness can still triumph, that justice can win, that peace can arrive and stay. When Jewish communities and institutions become extensions of the culture, mere conveyances for universally accepted norms,

5 Haiku for Elie Wiesel

5 Haiku for Elie Wiesel Too late. It’s all lost. And yet, telling stories saves. But this never heals. *** Jews are so special: We made love as resistance. Life is our revenge. *** We are not victims. Abraham Isaac Jacob Define us always. *** I’ve shouted my life. Do people even listen? You have

Are You Uncomfortable?

There is a particular kind of strain that comes of living in a time like this. Great social and political tension, the widening divide between entrenched positions, the rise of hatreds we thought had finally been marginalized, all lead to uncertainty, anxiety, discomfort. But there is also tremendous opportunity in this historical moment. The world

Here’s Looking at You

For the past two months I’ve been traveling to bookstores, synagogues, and community centers along the East coast. I speak for 20 or 30 minutes about my book, about my teacher, about the lessons that help me make sense of the world today. Then I invite questions, and people ask about current events, about Elie

The Miracle of Two Candles

Professor Wiesel didn’t like miracle stories. When a student asked about miracles during the Holocaust, he said “Miracles?! For some, but not for others?” And he added that every miracle story is also a blasphemy, because, if God could perform miracles, why didn’t He perform miracles for others? There are many miracle stories in Hasidic

Active Hope

As I begin to travel and meet people in bookstores, community centers, and places of worship, I am moved by the depth of their questions, the depth of their care for the world. I feel the weight that so many are carrying right now, as we consider the challenges facing us. And I talk about

Illustrated Quote #1

Occasionally I will post a quote from my book, from Professor Wiesel, or an idea inspired by him, with an original illustration. I hope the image will help the idea sink in differently than words alone might allow. Enjoy.

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Illustrated quote from Elie Wiesel and Witness.

Shout Our Dreams from the Rooftops

It is a time of fear, a time of pain. Eleven people are dead, murdered for being Jews. Anger masks grief, anxiety dances in our chests with fury. What can we do with our fear, our pain? In this time, I turn to the words of my teacher Elie Wiesel for comfort and clarity. I