When I read the story of Yaakov stealing Esau’s blessing from their father, Yitzchack in this week’s parsha, Parashat Toldot, I am filled with a wide array of often conflicting emotions. I feel a profound personal connection to Yitzchack, understand his pain and vulnerability on a gut level. At the same time, questions such as […]
I’ve been reading a lot of Bonhoeffer lately. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran pastor and theologian who spoke out against Hitler, joined the Nazi resistance, and was ultimately executed by the Nazis for his activism in 1945. Bonhoeffer, who wrote, “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, […]
The election of Donald Trump to the highest office in our country, whatever one’s political leanings, has sent shockwaves throughout the world. Other world leaders, both current and potential, such Marine Le Pen in France and Nigel Farage in Britain, have approved of and supported Trump’s candidacy, with Farage having appeared at rallies on behalf […]
We are delighted to present this issue on interfaith/multifaith environmental activism and teachings, expertly curated by the Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith, a leading interfaith environmental organization. We at the JIRS are grateful to Fletcher, the folks at GreenFaith, and the many contributors to this issue for the wealth of perspectives we are […]
A brief introduction to Issue 19 by Sue Fendrick, Editor-in-Chief of the JIRS.
The twenty-four month period leading up to the Paris climate negotiations last December, also known as COP 21, represented, by almost any measure, a high water mark of the religious-environmental movement. Never before have religious groups around the world within such a concentrated period of time shown such a level of public support for environmental […]