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Joshua Hammerman

Joshua Hammerman is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Joshua Hammerman

Doing the math: What’s a human life worth?

May 18, 2020

(RNS) — As the Holocaust begins to recede from memory, an incontrovertible fact shines like a beacon from the deepest darkness of the 20th century as we face this overwhelming pandemic that will define the 21st. Each human life is priceless.

Auschwitz at 75: From sorrow to song

January 27, 2020

(RNS) — As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the time has come to turn our sorrow into song — in a sense, to embrace Auschwitz.

What is the miracle of Hanukkah’s first night?

December 20, 2019

(RNS) — It may be that 2,000 years later, Jews, a miraculously inextinguishable and inexhaustible people, still joyously light their menorahs and spin their dreidels as the sun sets.

How to be a mensch at your seder (or Easter dinner)

April 16, 2019

(RNS) — As we gather for the holidays, we all need someone who sees the spark of divinity in everyone at the table — even those whose views we can’t stand.

Your tax return is a sacred document

April 16, 2018

(RNS) — Corny as it seems, I improvise a blessing when I put my completed tax forms in the mail. (Commentary)

As a rabbi, I will violate the Sabbath to help save lives from gun violence

March 20, 2018

(RNS) — Yes, this march is so important that I — a rabbi — am going to blatantly disrupt God’s holy Sabbath. But if the ancient rabbinic sages are to be believed, that’s precisely what God wants me to do.

Why God and Ben Franklin pick the Pats

February 1, 2018

(RNS) — ‘For many years, I’ve been using biblical and other Jewish sources to pick the winner, and I’m almost always right,’ writes Rabbi Joshua Hammerman.

The Good Swastika

January 26, 2018

(RNS) — Making peace with the swastika does not mean making peace with Nazis past and present, nor with their hateful ideology – nor with their corrupted version of that symbol.

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