[This essay by Rabbi Waskow is the introduction to a handbook The Shalom Center published in connection with honoring a number of Prophetic Voices in the Arts on April 25, 2010. Below the introductory essay you will find a listing of venues in Philadelphia where the arts include a "prophetic" dimension of addressing deep social truths and needs. We encourage other cities to pursue this model by creating handbooks of their own, similar to this one.]
On Dec 10, 2009, I "wove" a 90-minute phone seminar on many faces of the festival. Just as in my book Seasons of our Joy, we lookat at many faces of the festival -- including the social-action aspects, but actually with more time on the mystical and historical faces. (Speaking of faces -- compare my beard on this video with the one on the video at the bottom of this page -- and by watching, find out why!)
When some of us outside Washington (and even some inside) say there must be some other way of dealing with Afghanistan, Good Old Official Formal US (GOOFUS) says this is a cockamamie notion. So The Shalom Center is going to put forward four cockamamie plans. Read on!
Present US plans for Afghanistan and present /past US behavior toward fossil fuels and the world's climate share four factors:
Rabbi Arthur Waskow discusses the story of Noah, the promise of the rainbow, and the need for individual and collective action to address Global Scorching. See also the video of Rabbi Waskow's address on "Facing the Pharaohs of Global Scorching" at the Interfaith Summit on the Climate Crisis in Sweden.
[RHR/NA welcomes wide support for its letter to the Israeli government urging it to follow the recommendation of the Goldstone Report for an indeoendent judicially led and empowered commission to "investigate allegations made about abuses that might have occurred in the conduct of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza." The letter follows. You can sign it here: http://www.rhr-na.org/add-name#addname --AW, editor]
Make a recurring donation and receive Freedom Journeys as our token of appreciation. Click here for more info about the book. Freedom Journeys is a deep meditation on the timeless—and timely—relevance of the Exodus narrative. In the grand tradition of mystical exegesis, Waskow and Berman reflect upon Exodus not only as an event that happened “then” and “there”, but a paradigm of movement that is happening here and in the now, for all of us, Jew and Muslim, Black and White, male and female. —Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies, University of North Carolina.