Valerie Bacharach: The Synagogue￼
Someone enters the sanctuary, picks up the chair
thrown by the Rabbi,
places it gently with the others, a straight row
waiting for bodies.
Gail Langstroth | Running: Christchurch / Pittsburgh￼
prayer, unleash grief/
Donald Krieger: Unveiling
I listened to the learned
seeking meaning, hundreds crowded
into the Beth Shalom basement,
police in armor at the entrance.
Judith Sanders: A Mourner’s Kaddish
We must have forgotten thee,
because our tongues cleave
to the roofs of our mouths
and our right hands
have lost their cunning.
George Yancy: Dear God, Are You There?
We are in a deep spiritual crisis that can’t be relieved by politics, or philosophy.
Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: What an American Terrorist Looks Like
Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric.
Abby Zimet: Racism Has A Name
Everyone knows who to blame for these massacres: Trump, an accomplice to white nationalist terrorism.
Laura Flanders: Can it happen here?
White nationalists have been targeting bookstores and libraries across the country for a while, in one instance, going so far as to threaten to burn the store down. Elsewhere, progressive groups are facing threats of violence and intimidation on campus.
Andrew Hanin: Congratulations (Response to Tree of Life Massacre)
Congratulations on your victory. My fear of G-D redirected toward You. . You’ll never see me set foot in that depressed sacred space. Those armed guards aren’t ready for You. … Continue reading →
Philip Terman: A Minyan Plus One
was taken from us on the Shabbat, the most joyous of the holidays, the only holy day even God Himself . celebrates, the emulation of Eden, the day of completion. … Continue reading →
Robert C. Koehler: Gunfire and Wildfire — The New Abnormal
This is a country at war with itself in multiple ways. Thousand Oaks, California: a city torn apart by wildfire and gunfire. Both are unnatural disasters. “This is the new … Continue reading →
Jill Richardson: The White House Desperately Wants this Election to be ‘Us’ Vs. ‘Them’
As the midterms approach, the administration is ratcheting up its attacks on anyone who isn’t a straight, white, native-born Christian. In the days leading up to the election, the news … Continue reading →
Sharon Fagan McDermott: Halloween, Pittsburgh
such tender ghosts with their small hands reaching into bowls and baskets, so much that’s wrapped in shine even in the rain, even after disaster, even as the adults bury … Continue reading →
Thom Hartmann: Trump and Fox News Have Blood on Their Hands
It’s already started. They’re messaging, texting, tweeting, and even calling into my radio/TV show. Breitbart is even bragging that they got it on CNN. “This killing in Pittsburgh has nothing … Continue reading →