Yeshaia Charles Familant, Author at Liberal Resistance

Posts by Yeshaia Charles Familant

IF NOT NOW, WHEN? IF NOT GOING BIG, WHAT THEN?

Jewish, Judaism, Hebrew

Between the calendar dates of July 20 and August 8 of this year (referred to as “the three weeks of mourning”) which correspond (this year) to the Hebrew calendar dates of 17 Tammuz and 9 Av (Tisha b’Av) have a special meaning in the history of the Jewish People. In 70 C.E. imperial Rome breached…

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A Response to Howard Jacobson

by Rabbi Charles Familant Editor’s Note: Rabbi Familant wrote this note some time ago, but he feels that it is uniquely applicable today. We very much agree. Mr. Jacobson, I shall start with your rather provocative statement: “Rhetoric is precisely what has warped report and analysis these past months…’Massacre’ and ‘Slaughter’ are rhetorical terms. They…

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Virginia Beach: A Response

Virginia Beach et al: The following was my response to another friend: No simple answer to your question, Laurie. But five that come to mind are: 1) Not only simply effecting more gun control, but also taking steps to remove the proliferation of guns from our society. That means removing the profit incentive from gun…

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The ‘Golden Rule.’ What if…

Jewish, Judaism, Hebrew

My middle son, Hillel, sent me a text message, asking if his namesake was the first to express the ‘Golden Rule.’ I texted him back this answer: “Boychik, this rule, often called the ‘the ethic of reciprocity’ is found in many cultures/religions reaching as far back as the Code of Hammurabi during this Babylonian king’s…

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King tRump’s Abdication

Meditating today on what I hope will be the fortuitous demise of our Commander-in-Chief Bungler, I found myself wandering through the pages of a work by that late nineteenth, early twentieth century American wit, Ambrose Bierce: The Devil’s Dictionary. Here is an entry I found astoundingly relevant: ABDICATION, n. An act whereby a sovereign attests…

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Freeing Ourselves From the Siege Mindset:

A Controversial Paragraph From the Traditional Haggadah By Rabbi Yeshaia Charles Familant וְהִיא שֶׁעָמְדָה לַאֲבוֹתֵיֽנוּ וְלָנו; שֶׁלֹא אֶחָד בִּלְבָד, עָמַד עָלֵיֽנוּ לְכַלּוֹתֵנֽוּ. אֶלָּא שֶׁבְּכָל דּוֹר וָדוֹר, עוֹמְדִים עָלֵיֽנוּ לְכַלּוֹתֵנֽוּ. וְהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מַצִּילֵנוּ מִיָּדָם Vehi She’amda, La’avotainu Velanu Shelo Echad Bilvad, Amad Aleinu Lechaloteinu Ela Sheb’chol Dor VaDor Omdim Aleinu Lechaloteinu V’HaKadosh Baruch Hu Matzilenu…

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The More Things Change…

…the more they stay the same. From Ancient Times to the Modern Era by Rabbi Yeshaia Charles Familant Purim is a’comin this Wednesday eve to Thursday eve. The megillah (the scroll of the biblical book of Esther) is read on the eve of Purim. If you’re Jewish you may have such associations with this holiday…

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Ilhan Omar vs the AIPAC Lobby – Davida and Goliath

by Rabbi Yeshaia Charles Familant In his Washington Post (3/5/19) article, Dana Milbank claimed “She [Ilhan Omar] has suggested that Americans who support Israel — by implication, Jews — are disloyal to the United States. At an event in Washington last week, Omar said, in the context of the pro-Israel lobby, that ‘I want to talk…

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Trump: Evil and Banal

Upon reading Michael Cohen’s opening statement to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, a friend of mine commented with these words: “Banality of Evil.” Being quite familiar with that expression, I recognize how apt a description it is of Donald Trump, just as much as it was of Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann was pronounced guilty of…

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