I thought Thursday, September 8th was going to be a typical Thursday evening on a call with teens - an hour-long call in which we'd likely encounter some tech problems, side conversations, and background distractions before everyone rushed off to their next commitment.
Saperstein: "While we may not always agree with the ideas expressed, our deep commitment to Jewish and democratic values requires that we defend the free speech of all Israel's citizens, including its Arab citizens."
Through a Jewish/Muslim playgroup, my sister found an answer to a question many of us ask when we learn of incidents of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: “What can I do?”
We must not judge people by their looks, even though the ancient wiring in our brains urges us to do so. As Jews, we are given mitzvot (commandments) about how to treat people precisely because our instincts can deceive us.