‘Doomism’ vs Hope: A Jewish Voice on Climate Change

Do not believe that the future is written. It isn’t. There is no fate we cannot change, no prediction we cannot defy. We are not predestined to fail; neither are we pre-ordained to succeed. We do not predict the future, because we make the future: by our choices, our willpower, our persistence and our determination…

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What Passover Teaches Us About Hope

A talmudic midrash about Miriam reminds us that the season of our redemption is also the season of our hope. As they celebrate Passover, many Jews take the opportunity to remind ourselves of the many ways the world still needs redemption. It can be a despairing exercise, but if we let that paralyzing emotion overtake us…

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Hope: The Fuel that Enables Us to Shape the Future

“The death of hope is the death of all generous impulses in me. It is the end of all possibilities, options, inquiries, renewals of redemption. . . . Where, under which sky, would we be if we were deserted by hope?… Created in the image of [God] who has no image, it is incumbent upon…

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Showing We Care

Raise a standard against the walls of Babylon! Set up a blockade; station watchmen; prepare those in ambush…Raise a standard on earth, sound a horn among the nations,  appoint nations against [Babylon], assemble kingdoms against her. —Jeremiah 51:12, 27 Twenty-five hundred years ago the prophet Jeremiah called the world to stand against the rapacious kingdom…

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Choosing Hope in Times of Trial

From Covid and climate change to the erosion of democratic norms and the decline of a shared sense of truth (and the list could go on), two things are clear. First, we are living in an age that tests our ability to sustain hope. Second, if despair dominates hope, we will be unable to meet…

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