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.
Tonight is a big one for Philip Glass, the iconic Jewish composer who turns 75 next month. It will be the last night of the Met staging of Glass' Gandhi opera, "Satyagraha," and Glass will also be there -- to protest it. Glass announced on his website this week that he will be joining Occupy Wall Street's planned "Occupy Lincoln Center" protest outsi
Jews who are on the fringe of the conversation in Zuccotti Park.
On Oct. 29, the anniversary of Wall Street’s 1929 crash, heavy snowflakes came falling through the branches of dozens of honey locust trees in Zuccotti Park, coating the tents and tarps of Occupy Wall Street. The people stayed. The protest held.
As Bob Dylan sings, “there was music in the streets at night and revolution in the air,” which meant there were Jews in the neighborhood.
The veteran owner of a kosher dairy restaurant in Boston, Marc Epstein came to New York City on a family visit two years ago and decided, on a whim, to inspect the Financial District location of an Italian restaurant whose business style he admired.
Agency has no evidence, though, that such comments represent the protest as a whole.
Jewish Week Correspondent
Just as his organization once called on leaders of the Tea Party movement to condemn “manifestations of anti-Semitism and racism” at their rallies, says Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman, it’s now urging “organizers, participants and supporters” of the Occupy Wall Street protests to take similar steps.
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.
“When a person eats and drinks in celebration of a festival, he is obligated to feed converts, orphans, widows, and others who are destitute and poor. In contrast, a person who locks the gates of his courtyard and eats and drinks with his children and his wife, without feeding the poor and the embittered, is not indulging in rejoicing associated with a mitzvah, but rather the rejoicing of his gut … This rejoicing is a disgrace…”
Following Kol Nidre success, organizers of a Jewish presence may target communal institutions with ‘Occupy Judaism.’
Jewish Week Correspondent
Energized by the turnout at their event and the emotions it generated, organizers of a Yom Kippur service within yards of the Occupy Wall Street protest are planning future activities while calling their movement Occupy Judaism.
Wall Street demonstrations feature Shabbat potluck, possible Yom Kippur service and growing number of Jewish groups.
Last Friday night, the sounds of protest in the financial district mingled with those of Shabbat prayers when 25 demonstrators gathered to put a Jewish stamp on their solidarity with the month-old “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration against corporate greed and bank bailouts.