Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

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People marching over a bridge holding signs that read DO JUSTICE LOVE MERCY MARCH PROUDLY

As we prepare to enter the High Holidays, we remember that the words of the High Holiday prayer book are written in the collective, reminding us that responsibility for misdeeds and their correction lies with the community as much as the individual. As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once observed, “Some are guilty; all are responsible.”

We must all take responsibility for the state of our world. It is in this vein that yesterday, I joined leaders of 13 Reform Jewish institutions in expressing deep concern about the coarseness of American public discourse, led in too many ways by...

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Two young women holding signs protesting gun violence

I will not mince words: the violence we witnessed this weekend is sickening. Twenty-nine people were killed in separate mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH – not to mention the 47 injured and four killed by guns in Chicago, and the countless more who didn’t make headlines across the United States. 

Just hours afer the shooting in El Paso, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, offered these words of comfort:

Clergy colleagues throughout El Paso will faithfully and lovingly hold up the families of the slain and wounded. So too our hearts –...

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  I will not mince words: the violence we witnessed this weekend is sickening. Twenty-nine people were killed in separate mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH—not to mention the 47 injured and four killed by guns in Chicago, and the countless more who didn’t make headlines across the United States.  


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Just hours after the shooting in El Paso, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, offered these words of comfort:

Clergy colleagues throughout El Paso will faithfully and lovingly hold up the...

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Four individuals holding a sign that says PROTECT SAFE LEGAL ABORTION

Yesterday, Sebastian Gorka, a notorious far-right pundit, attacked me on Twitter for my unequivocal support for reproductive rights. In fact, he implied that supporting an individual’s right to make moral decisions about their own health care is antithetical to Jewish values.

How did this happen?

On Tuesday, the RAC held an event as part of our Machon Kaplan Summer Event Series for college students where we discussed Judaism, abortion, and the future of Roe v. Wade. During the event, I emphasized that I don’t support reproductive rights and access to abortion despite my...

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Four individuals holding a sign that says PROTECT SAFE LEGAL ABORTION

Yesterday, Sebastian Gorka, a notorious far-right pundit, attacked me on Twitter for my unequivocal support for reproductive rights. In fact, he implied that supporting an individual’s right to make moral decisions about their own health care is antithetical to Jewish values.

How did this happen?

On Tuesday, the RAC held an event as part of our Machon Kaplan Summer Event Series for college students where we discussed Judaism, abortion, and the future of Roe v. Wade. During the event, I emphasized that I don’t support reproductive rights and access to abortion despite my...

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