This piece is part of AJWS’s Chag v’Chesed publication series. As Passover approaches, I am contemplating the ancient Israelites’ journey from slavery to freedom and thinking about the journeys that lie ahead of us. While today, American Jews aren’t facing the shackles or hard labor experienced by our ancestors in Egypt, our collective memory of …Read More
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Coastal homes reduced to rubble, acres of land covered with toppled trees, walls bearing high water marks left behind by floods—these are common sights across Haiti’s devastated southern peninsula in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which struck six months ago today. The storm made landfall during the early hours of October 4, 2016. Powerful …Read More
At our Passover Seders, we sing “Dayenu” (It would have been enough) to express gratitude for each stage of liberation and to recognize that each stage would have been “enough.” And yet, we know there’s much more work to do to ensure that people around the world are fully free. What does “Dayenu” mean today? …Read More
Daniela Rodriguez. Yasuri Orellana. Elizabeth Castillo. These are the names of the three transgender women who were brutally slain last month in El Salvador. The string of murders made headlines and raised questions about the safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the country. Although the government of El Salvador does not track …Read More
All of his friends were moving on with their lives and heading off to college, but Sebastián Flores Cerritos felt stuck. Sebastián felt he couldn’t embark on his own journey until he could live a life true to himself. In 2010, he summoned the courage to tell his parents that he felt deeply uncomfortable in …Read More