Author of "Embracing Auschwitz" and "Mensch•Marks: Life Lessons of a Human Rabbi - Wisdom for Untethered Times." Winner of the Rockower Award, the highest honor in Jewish journalism and 2019 Religion News Association Award for Excellence in Commentary. Musings of a rabbi, journalist, father, husband, poodle-owner, Red Sox fan and self-proclaimed mensch, taken from essays, columns, sermons and thin air. Writes regularly in the New York Jewish Week and Times of Israel.
Friday, October 3, 2014
An interfaith plea as Jewish - Muslim holy days coincide
I'm proud to have signed this...
us not bind them on any altar!
On the Jewish New Year, Rosh HaShannah, (this year on
September 25-26) Jews worldwide read the story of the Binding of Isaac, which
describes the Patriarch Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his beloved son, Isaac, to
On Eid al-Adha, which this year coincides with Yom
Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement, on Oct. 4), Muslims worldwide will
celebrate the Feast of the Sacrifice, marking the willingness of Ibrahim to
offer his beloved son, Ishmael, to Allah.
But in both cases,
the punchline is “Don’t harm your child!” –
because God is not
a God of death but of life.
So this year, we
join in the middle of these holidays to affirm:
No child --
Jewish, Muslim, or any other -- should face death, destruction, and despair.
Let us heed our shared Creator.
There is only One God and One
Signed by Jewish, Muslim, and Other
American Organizations, Schools, Community Centers, Houses of Worship, and Leaders:
Imam Shamsi Ali, Spiritual Leader, Jamaica
Muslim Center (Queens, NY); President, Nusantara Foundation
Imam Samir al-Raey, Chaplain, Baruch
Sarsour, Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York
Arab American Family Support Center,
Association of Jewish Family and
Children’s Agencies, Lee Sherman, President/CEO
Lisa Attias, Unitarian Universalist
Church of Queens
Synagogue, NYC, NY, Rabbi Daniel Alder
Beth El, Sunbury, PA, Rabbi Nina Mandel
B’nai Jeshurun, Rabbis J. Rolando Matalon, Marcelo R. Bronstein, and Felicia L.