To Jerusalem and Back: Part I

Last summer I watched Operation Protective Edge unfold from behind my computer screen with a growing sense of desperation. Over a few weeks a small, enclosed strip of land with no possible route of escape and no formal military protection…

Learning About Homelessness... From the Homeless

Until last summer I worked an organization called Mobile Loaves & Fishes, which serves the homeless in Austin and in five other cities across the country. A couple times a year, the MLF leadership takes employees and other members of the…

The Context

Bismillah ir’Rahman ir’Rahim As one of the members of the second MLI cohort (housed at the Shalom Hartman Institute) I have, in previous weeks, read a lot of online chatter by uninformed parties about who we are and what we are doing with…

An American Muslim in Jerusalem

I’ll be live-blogging my trip to Jerusalem in this post over the next few weeks. This is meant to serve only as a travelogue for friends and family who are interested in following my adventures while I’m gone. Longer and…

The 2014 Airing of Grievances

In honor of Festivus (celebrated annually on December 23rd in the tradition of St. Frank of Costanza) my list of 23 Grievances for 2014: 1. Websites that autoplay music or videos when you visit them. Website owners, please understand that this…

Jerusalem Bound

Bismillah ir’Rahman ir’Rahim I am beginning cautiously; choosing words carefully.  And the best words to begin with are Bismillah ir’Rahman ir’Rahim: In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful. ***** In January I am flying to Jerusalem with a…