Why Bibi’s Win Shouldn’t Upset American Liberals

Earlier today a co-worker asked about how I felt about Bejamin Netanyahu’s victory in the Israeli elections. I felt that in this instance, in a conversation with a non-Jewish American, brevity would be best, so I responded, “I think it’s good.” And it’s true…I do think that it’s a good thing. In spite of awaking…

Yosef Robinson

The 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Jamaicans and Jews

Stereotypes and misconceptions are par for the course when you are talking about a small group of people. By being Jewish and having a Jamaican parent, it is very interesting to hear many of the stereotypes that I hear about both Jamaicans and Jews. It is also interesting how similar the misconceptions are between the…

David Gordon

There Are Real People Behind The Headlines

Social media has come to redefine our interpersonal relationships today. Never has this been more apparent than what I’ve seen yesterday. Due to my own life struggles, I am notorious for not keeping in contact with people. I think of them often, but I can’t bring myself to actually call, write, and most certainly not visit….

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From Where Do You Get Your Opinions On Israel?

This is going to be a difficult post to write. For the past month, there’s been a lot of frightening news coming out of Israel. It all began with the kidnapping of three Israeli teenage boys, which ended badly. Hamas was blamed…and (more) rockets flew. My own personal relationship with Israel is complex. Like many…

The Obamas Should Not Have A Seder

On Monday night, Passover, or “chag hamatzot” will begin. It is one of the most widely observed and important holidays of the Jewish calendar. But the Jews will not be alone in getting their haggadot and seder plates ready. President Obama, his family, and select others will be joining in on the fun as well….

Being Black & Jewish In The U.S.A. II.

In my previous post, I talked about the difficulties and frustrations that come along with being a Black Jew in the United States. In this post, I’ll be more positive and solutions-oriented…I assure you. And most importantly I’ll explain why I have hope for the future. First, let’s look at some of the demographics regarding…

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…