Rabbi Matthew

Being Black & Jewish In The U.S.A. – I.

About two weeks ago I purchased and read Chai-Me by Tamar Manasseh, a member of the Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago. It was a good book (my review of it is here) and changed my view of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement; a movement which I used to just “shake my…

Gabby Douglas and coach

I Love Gabby Douglas’s Hair

I was saddened to see numerous news stories and reports about how people were criticizing Gabby Douglas’s hair during and after her amazing gold medal performance in the women’s all-around gymnastics competition. I haven’t seen it written outright in black & white, but I know what the problem is. People…mostly Black people, don’t like it…