occupy Judaism

Occupy Is Back, And Reading The Bible

11/17/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Occupy Wall Street has staged a comeback by taking a page out of the Good Book.

The protest movement that made its name last year by turning a Manhattan park into a commune has generated an offshoot called Strike Debt, which is raising money to buy debt that other people have accrued -- and then forgive them.

They call the initiative "Rolling Jubilee," after the Biblical injunction to hold a jubilee every fifty years in which Hebrew slaves were freed and debts abolished.

Occupy Wall Street, which celebrated its one-year birthday with protests like this one, has a new idea. Getty Images

‘Occupy’ Judaism Echoes Past Protests

Establishment critique has back-to-the-future quality.
10/17/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

When a call for a Kol Nidre service among Jews protesting near Wall Street produced a huge response virtually overnight — press reports on the number who participated on Yom Kippur ranged from 500 to more than 1,000 — it was more than just an example of Twitter power.

Gary Rosenblatt

‘Occupy’ Figurehead On ‘Inside,’ ‘Outside’

Sieradski’s criticism of Jewish mainstream too narrow, say some.
10/17/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

The one name attached more than any other to Occupy Judaism, the Jewish presence at Occupy Wall Street and related protests around the country, is that of Daniel Sieradski, a 32-year-old Jewish activist and expert in digital media.

It was Sieradski who organized a Shabbat potluck dinner near Zuccotti Park, the site of Occupy Wall Street, at the very end of September. It was Sieradski who pulled things together for a Yom Kippur service that drew as many as 1,500 people; who ordered a pop-up sukkah for the protest and who made plans this week for a Simchat Torah celebration.

Daniel Sieradski, the force behind the Occupy Judaism movement, in pop-up sukkah near Zuccotti Park. Julie Dermansky

Parsing The Ethics Of Giving And Taking

10/17/2011 - 20:00

So far, “Occupy Judaism” is an embryonic offshoot of the nationwide economic protests sparked by the Occupy Wall Street camp in Lower Manhattan. Like any embryo, it has potential, and it is fragile. Unlike those who are alarmed by Occupy Judaism’s take on the economy and see its synthesis of religion and politics as some kind of cynical manipulation, we do not doubt the Occupy activists’ sincerity.

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