Self-Defense and Racism: An American Jewish View

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July 17, 2013

I’ve changed my topic for services this Friday night. Given the power and polarization of the issues that the Trayvon Martin tragedy has raised in the media and in the hearts of Americans of all racial and religious backgrounds, I’d like to hear how you feel and I want to share some insights from Jewish tradition.

We all have fears and prejudices in regard to those whom we define as “other.” How can we use our reason to balance our anxiety? How can we experience compassion and empathy in uncomfortable situations, rather than reverting to ingrained prejudices and pre-conditioned judgements?

As our Bible tells us: “let us reason together.” Let’s share our opinions on this case and on the larger issues that it raises in our lives and beyond.


Rabbi Arnold Rachlis


July 17th 2013 |