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Revolutionary Love is on the ballot.

Revolutionary Love is on the ballot. by Rabbi Nancy Kasten The energy was palpable as the crowd gathered to hear Valarie Kaur at Temple Emanu-El a week ago Thursday. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists and agnostics came for the event. People of varying gender identities, of all ages and stages in life, from the East, West, North and South intermingled. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, students, clergy, business people, activists, organizers and artists—all were there. To be in the room

Revolutionary Love is on the ballot.2022-09-19T12:30:22+00:00

Navigating New Territory Together: Lessons from “Into the Woods”

Navigating New Territory Together: Lessons from "Into the Woods" by Rabbi Nancy Kasten The world we knew has disappeared. It may not have been perfect, but its discomforts were familiar. We knew how to cope with them. Now something different is being demanded of us, and we are unprepared. The lingering Covid pandemic and global changes in climates are teaching us that we are inextricably and unavoidably interdependent. Technology and culture may have lured us into the illusion that we

Navigating New Territory Together: Lessons from “Into the Woods”2022-08-15T16:58:54+00:00

How to Be Better Patriots

How to Be Better Patriots by Rabbi Nancy Kasten The meme spread quickly after the Supreme Court overthrew Roe v. Wade: “4TH OF JULY HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO A SHORTAGE OF INDEPENDENCE. SINCERELY, WOMEN.” Independence Day, 2022 has come and gone. Some Americans lived through it happily and safely. Others fled from gunmen or from states where they were denied life-saving medical treatment. Division between and among Americans is exposing us to the very “dangers of invasion from without,

How to Be Better Patriots2022-07-11T21:04:13+00:00

Roe has fallen. Does that mean America has escaped God’s wrath?

This excerpt was originally published in The Dallas Morning News. You can access the full article here. Roe has fallen. Does that mean America has escaped God’s wrath? The Old Testament didn’t have a lot of time for people who took it upon themselves to speak for God. They were called false prophets, and their actions were punishable by death. I called George Mason, recently retired senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, to see if he ever has

Roe has fallen. Does that mean America has escaped God’s wrath?2022-07-10T18:17:51+00:00

Don’t go numb over gun violence

Don't go numb over gun violence By Cameron Vickrey For the San Antonio Express-News, published here I had babies when Sandy Hook happened. They were one and two-years-old. I remember rocking them both to sleep, sobbing over them. My only consolation was this would be the last straw. They’ll fix this before my babies are in school. And then I moved on. I have chosen to be numb to every school shooting since then. Even now, when Sandy Hook Promise

Don’t go numb over gun violence2022-06-21T20:00:50+00:00

Thoughts from the Commons: On the meaning of Juneteenth

On the meaning of Juneteenth by Rabbi Nancy Kasten Last year, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, making a holiday that originated in Galveston in 1866 into a federal observance. The holiday is called Emancipation Day in Texas, because it marks the end of legal bondage of black people in the last state in the union with institutional slavery. Texas was not the only place where slavery continued after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on

Thoughts from the Commons: On the meaning of Juneteenth2022-06-21T20:00:46+00:00

On Practicing Piety in Public

On practicing piety in public by Rev. Dr. George Mason Below you will find two columns, both published by the Dallas Morning News on May 29, 2022. William Haun authored the first and I wrote the second. The set up for these is fairly straightforward: the Supreme Court considered the case of Kennedy v. Bremerton, and decided in favor of Kennedy. It is a First Amendment issue about the free exercise of a person’s religion as a government employee in

On Practicing Piety in Public2022-06-28T21:08:46+00:00

What does it mean to be pro-Israel?

What does it mean to be pro-Israel? As Cinemark and other local theaters screen a controversial film claiming to prove disinformation about election fraud in the 2020 presidential election, this exchange took place in the Texas Jewish Post. Rabbi Kasten encourages us all to think critically about what it means to be “pro-Israel.” This is more important than ever when disinformation and misinformation are undermining democracy in the U.S. and throughout the world.   April 28, 2022 Summary: This first

What does it mean to be pro-Israel?2022-07-06T22:08:34+00:00

Thoughts from the Commons: Faith is not a spectator sport.

Faith is not a spectator sport. by Rabbi Nancy Kasten In April 2021 I joined a group from Temple Emanu-El and met (virtually) with Texas State Representative Morgan Meyer’s chief of staff to discuss several legislative bills then under consideration. The delegation, which included doctors, lawyers, and small business owners, voiced our support for legislation to increase access to and affordability of health care and to advance fairness and accountability in law enforcement. We also expressed our concern regarding SB1,

Thoughts from the Commons: Faith is not a spectator sport.2022-06-21T20:00:18+00:00

Thoughts from the Commons: Learning from the convergence of Ramadan, Passover, and Easter

Learning from the convergence of Ramadan, Passover, and Easter by Rabbi Nancy Kasten This year Ramadan began on April 2, Passover begins on April 15, and Easter is celebrated on April 17. These three holidays play distinct roles in the unique cycles of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities of faith. At the same time, they share common characteristics and offer important insight into our shared and inescapable human nature. All three take place over time. Ramadan is observed for a

Thoughts from the Commons: Learning from the convergence of Ramadan, Passover, and Easter2022-06-21T20:00:02+00:00

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