Two U.S. friends and an Iraqi archaeologist – plus Pope & President – visit the ruins of Sumer in southern Iraq. Pope Francis visited there in March, 2021 because traditionally that is where Abraham, the “Father” of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is from. During this visit, the history of the Sumerians is discussed along with a surprising story of probably the first-ever reported teacher-student-parent corruption!
The author, Rabbi James Rudin, remembers Bob Moses, voter rights activist and education promoter who passed away earlier this year. Having met Moses in the 60’s during a period of protest and activism by many, including Jewish and Christian clergy together, Rudin was inspired by the words and passion of the young Moses. In this article he reflects on that experience and the enduring imprint it made on his mind.
With global attention drawn to Afghanistan these days and the plight of girls and women there to have access to education, Dr. Riffat Hassan explains that the Quran does not exclude women from being educated. In fact, the Quran, as the most authoritative source of Islam, actually requires education for both women’s personal development and that of their community.
In this article, Rabbi Jim Rudin ponders the question of whether or not race played a role in President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Rabbi Rudin served as a U.S. Air Force chaplain in Japan in the early 1960’s. His duties included serving servicemen and families at the American Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.