Editorials & Actions

Pope Francis–an extraordinary message to read during the holidays!

The newest statement from Pope Francis (reprinted below)  should be read, contemplated, and discussed with your family and friends during the next few weeks when you have winter vacation! We at the interfaith and secular-humanist-welcoming NSP– Network of Spiritual Progressives …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel’s Self-Boycott by Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery December 14, 2013                                                            Self-Boycott   CAN A country boycott itself? That may sound like a silly question. It is not.   At the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the “Giant of History” …
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Israel/Palestine

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at the XXVII Guadalajara International Book Fair

A Letter From Elliot Sperber The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at the XXVII Guadalajara International Book Fair by MALU HUACUJA DEL TORO AND ELLIOT SPERBER Considered the most important Book Fair in the Spanish-speaking world, and second in the world only to …
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Pope Francis: A Breath of Fresh Air?

 Even as we mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, hope springs high for the possiibility that Pope Francis might become another warrior for peace, economic justice, environmental sanity, and love among all human beings. Matthew Fox, himself silenced by Cardinal …
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Judaism

Celebrate Chanukah, the First National Liberation Struggle (You Don’t Have to be Jewish)

Chanukah celebrates the first recorded national liberation struggle–when the people of Judea rallied around a guerrilla war against the remnants of Alexander the Great’s empire, and the subsequent attempt by the Syrian (Seleucid) branch of that empire to impose Hellenistic …
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How to Create a Tikkun/NSP (Network of Spiritual Progressives) Presence in YOUR Community

How to Create a Tikkun/Spiritual Progressive presence in your community. Our goal: A change in consciousness. Nothing will change in our world till we have popularized the following notions: 1. Our well being depends upon the well-being of everyone else …
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US Politics

Lerner in Seattle and Bellingham

        Bellingham, Wa. Nov. 14 (Thursday) at 7 PM: Rabbi Lerner speaks on “The Spiritual Transformation and Healing of the World: Building a Spiritually Progressive Political Party.” Location: 210 Academic Instructional Center West at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington (park at Fairhaven College, then walk through the …
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Israel/Palestine

Some Israeli Soldiers Trained to Violate Palestinians–not as an exception but as standard procedure

This Op-Ed appeared in Haaretz, 12-Nov, 2013 both in Print and on Haaretz.co.il. It was not posted on the English Haaretz.com edition, as of 12-November, 2013, 23:30 Israel Standard Time. http://www.haaretz.co.il/opinions/.premium-1.2162720   The Army’s Training Ground Avihai Stohler Somewhere in …
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Environment

Environmental Alert: Join Us in Making Revolutionary Changes to Save Life on Earth

As the oceans rise to earth-destroying levels, the agricultural heartlands turn to desert, and the rate of skin cancer grows to match the rate of the common cold… now is the time to talk honestly with the American public about dramatically reducing consumption, combating the immense power of the 1 percent, and preparing ourselves to counter the mainstream media’s obfuscations of the urgency of the coming crisis.
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Judaism

Uri Avnery on Ovadia Yosef

Ovadia’s Choice   WHEN RABBI Ovadia Yosef first appeared on the national scene, I heaved a deep sigh of relief.   Here was the man I had dreamed of: a charismatic leader of oriental Jews, a man of peace, a …
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Spirituality

God is NOT a Particle!

  Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Posted by Allen L Roland Search for God Eventually Leads to Love The eye of God in outer space / NASA photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has been labeled the ‘Eye of …
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War & Peace

Netanyahu vs. Iran’s Rouhani–Which one do you trust more?

Rabbi Lerner’s comment:  Who do you trust more, Iran’s new President Rouhani or Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu?  Please read the article by my former friend John Judis. Netanyahu Said Something Shockingly Bad at the UN BY JOHN B. JUDIS Iran’s new …
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War & Peace

Responding to Iran’s President Rouhani–by Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery September 28, 2013                                                               The Real Bomb   YEARS AGO I disclosed one of the biggest secrets about Iran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was an agent of the Mossad.   Suddenly, all the curious details …
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War & Peace

Syria: What Obama Should Do

                                            Sept. 9, 2013 Dear Fellow Tikkunistas (those committed to tikkun olam–the healing and transforming of our world), Aryeh Cohen, …
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Judaism

High Holiday Repentance Workbook 2013 / 5774

To acknowledge our own screw-ups is an important first step. But the High Holidays are not about getting ourselves to feel guilty, but rather engaging in a process of change. If we don’t make those changes internally and in our communities and in our society, all the breast-beating and self-criticism become an empty ritual.
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