JTA asked Jews of color to share their thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Growing up in the Orthodox community of Monsey, New York, as the son of an African-American mother who converted to Judaism and a white Ashkenazi father who became religious later in life, Isaiah Rothstein knows what it’s like not to fit in.
When I light my menorah , I let the whole world know that sometimes I cannot see, and I really need you, my fellow-being, to show me the way, to lift me up, to push me forward and to encourage me to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In this week’s Torah portion we see the absence of Shalom as the greatest recipe for destruction.
As we navigate a world filled with complex paradoxes and certain ambiguity, we should embrace dualities and reach out to connect with that which is beyond our selves and personal experience.