The U.S. Suffers from Collective Amnesia About Its Original Sin

Originally published in The Forward As we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I cannot help but reflect on a recent visit to Germany. Among the many lessons brought into stark focus, the trip illuminated the shameful failure of America to confront the ghosts of its past that continue to haunt the marginalized communities on Native American…

On MLK Day, Recalling the Long History of Jewish-Black Solidarity

Every January, communities around the nation celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that great American prophet of equality. But this year, MLK Day coincides auspiciously with the yahrzeit (anniversary of death) of another influential prophetic voice, that of Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel. The two religious and moral leaders developed a…