An excerpt from Why It’s So Tempting to Build Walls and Shut People Out (and What to Do Instead) by Robert Waldinger

Choose our real-life villains wisely. We can target bad actors and real social problems, instead of indulging in the dangerous temptation to paint whole groups of people with the same tarring brush. This means targeting terrorists, not Muslims. Poverty, not poor people. Brutality and racism, not police officers.

Read the full article at TED.com


Memorial Day is a time to remember American service members whose lives have been lost in the name of our country, and, by law, it is also a day of prayer for permanent peace.

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation—calling on the people of the United States to observe Memorial Day by praying, according to their individual religious faith, for permanent peace [US code]

Today, and every day, let us remember the servicemen and women we have lost, and let us honor them by rededicating ourselves to strengthening our Nation’s promise.  With love, grace, and reflection, let us honor our fallen fellow Americans, known and unknown, who sacrificed their freedom to ensure our own.

President Obama, Memorial Day Proclamation, May 26, 2016


The Haggadah, the Passover story, is the foundation of Judaism. Our people is born, not amidst battles and victories, but in slavery. Through experiencing injustice, cruelty and the loss of freedom, we learn the importance of justice, truth, compassion and liberty. These values form the basis of our faith, our ethics and the society we strive to create.

We have carried this vision through every country of our dispersion and our return home to our land. Our repeated history of marginalisation, persecution and exile has merely sharpened the awareness that we, and everyone, are safe only in a world of justice, truth and freedom….

Tyranny is growing across the globe. Nothing is more urgent than the ancient Jewish task of pursuing justice, truth, freedom and the dignity of all.

Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi, Masorti Judaism
What Passover has to Tell Us About Freedom: Five Jewish leaders reflect on the Exodus story and its theme of liberty from slavery, and consider the message it has for the world today