Social Issues

When to end a friendship over politics

Would your family have hidden mine from the Nazis? I kid you not, I asked this question of my friends when I was a child. It was the ultimate gauge to see if they were truly good people (thankfully, they all said yes, they would have hidden me, but many of them didn't even know… Continue reading When to end a friendship over politics

Social Issues, Theology

“True Christians” and harmful politics

I remember, in my early days of faith, being consumed with the question of whether I was a "real" Christian. Sure, I had prayed the Sinner's Prayer and all, but what if my "walk" didn't match my talk? What if I was lukewarm? What if my actions caused more people to "backslide" than convert? This… Continue reading “True Christians” and harmful politics

Social Issues, Theology

Potiphar’s wife and #MeToo

After my Episcopal church service I went to my husband’s evangelical church to wait for him in the cafe like I usually do. When I stepped out to use the restroom, I heard the sermon topic introduced. It was about Potiphar’s wife. The one who falsely accused Joseph of rape. THIS weekend of all weekends.… Continue reading Potiphar’s wife and #MeToo

Social Issues

When I can’t believe in the Church

Every now and then, when my doubts start to gang up on me, I skim through Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter to be reminded, Oh, this is why I chose Christianity. These are the reasons I'm still here. I stand by those reasons. My faith is generally strengthened by hardship, because it's when I lean… Continue reading When I can’t believe in the Church

Social Issues, Theology

Yom Kippur and #MeToo

I never liked Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, growing up. Jewish holidays can best be summarized as “They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat,” and thus tend to be joyful occasions, but not this one. It’s a somber day of reflecting on our sins and making amends with the people we’ve hurt.… Continue reading Yom Kippur and #MeToo

Social Issues, Theology

How Some Christians Mistake Honoring Jewish Culture With Appropriating It

This week I had an article published on Sojourners: When I was studying biblical counseling at a conservative Baptist seminary five years ago, a student invited me to a Passover Seder on campus. I was reluctant to respond because the student was a Messianic Judaism major and the Seder was being hosted by his department.… Continue reading How Some Christians Mistake Honoring Jewish Culture With Appropriating It

Social Issues, Theology

Breaking the law for the sake of the gospel

While in prison for conspiring to assassinate Hitler, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote the following letter to a friend: What is bothering me incessantly is the question of what Christianity really is, or indeed who Christ really is, for us today. The time when people could be told everything by means of words, whether theological or pious,… Continue reading Breaking the law for the sake of the gospel

Miscellaneous, Social Issues, Theology

The battle for self-acceptance: hair and faith edition

I’ve written before about how my curly hair is an outward marker of my Jewish identity (ethnically speaking). I want to revisit that subject today, because it took me over 25 years to find the right haircut. 25+ years of having stylists consult other stylists in front of me because they had no idea how… Continue reading The battle for self-acceptance: hair and faith edition

Social Issues, Theology

This is how it starts

I was talking to my brother on the phone the other day: “You know, lately I’ve been thinking about the anxiety Mom had when we were growing up, about Nazis coming to America. And we all thought she was crazy.” “She wasn’t crazy,” he said. “That’s just a story we like to tell.” “Okay,” I… Continue reading This is how it starts

Social Issues, Theology

The revolution needs dish washers

This may sound strange, but when I was growing up, I wanted to be Joan of Arc. Or rather, I wanted all the fame and glory that comes with being Joan of Arc (minus the arrest, trial, and tragic execution). Leading a revolution is complex business, to say the least, and I didn't have the… Continue reading The revolution needs dish washers