Arthur Waskow

Stories by Arthur Waskow

Bin Laden & Beyond

How might we appropriately address the death of a mass murderer? The Torah describes Moses and Miriam leading the ancient … Continued

Egypt’s pharaohs and living Exodus

Every year at Passover, Jews recall the story of an ancient Egyptian ruler who oppressed his people and was overthrown … Continued

Beyond this election: tears to wter the wellsprings of new life

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

“Justice Still Denied” — My mini-sermon at Lincoln Memorial “One Nation” Service

I was asked by the organizers of yesterday’s ”One America Working Together,” rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to give … Continued

All traditions teach against violence

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said that anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is bad news … Continued

Mosques in America: Rabbi Hillel, George Washington, & my grandma

When I look for teachings to guide Jewish thought and action toward the plans for a cultural center in Lower … Continued

Support Mosque at Tip of Manhattan, Urge ADL to change its Stance

For months, in New York City there has been a boiling controversy over plans to build a peace-committed mosque and … Continued

Report:Pro-Earth/ Tisha B’Av rally, US Capitol, July 20

About 200 people took part in a unique fusion of political rally, multireligious prayer, and Tisha b’Av observance at noon … Continued

Terrorists who falsely claim justification in Islam

What should we call terrorists, some of whom claim to be motivated by their religion? Can one be an Islamic … Continued

OYL! — Corruption, the Spirit, the Earth and us

Three months! — and it is even clearer now we are facing not an oil “spill” in the Gulf, the … Continued

From Eden to the Gulf: Abundance, greed and disaster

Just as the oil blowout in the Gulf grew from Big Oil’s unwillingness to restrain itself from gobbling up even … Continued

Still no religion test

Q: If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court would for the first … Continued

Put U.S. aid in escrow till Israel brings settlers home, ends blockade of civilian goods to Gaza

Thomas Friedman, columnist for the NY Times, recently wrote that the Israeli government has become a drunk driver, addicted to … Continued

Howard Zinn’s last advice to America – and to me

Tuesday morning – just two days ago – I wrote half a dozen leaders of progressive thought and action in … Continued

The Supreme Court’s vote for greedy Pharaoh

This week’s newspapers pose an enormous question: Can American democracy survive unregulated corporate money poured into elections?    This week’s Torah … Continued

Avatar’s ecological and political faith

I urge that multi-religious groups together see and discuss the new film Avatar this month; learn with me by teleconference … Continued

The Torah, the Army, and the troops

Q: What is the proper role of religion — and personal religious belief — in the U.S. armed forces? Should … Continued

Fort Hood shooting a flashback to ‘fragging’

Asking ” “What effect will the Fort Hood shootings have on the American public’s perception of Islam?” asks us to … Continued

The Emerging Torah of Same-Sex Sexuality

From a Jewish standpoint, the question would have to be whether a gay man or woman, involved in a sexual … Continued

The Atmosphere – or Mere Atmospherics?

The effort to prevent climate disaster for Planet Earth is not going well. Why? For starters — Since the beginning … Continued