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Public Speaking/ Writings/ Text Study

We are blessed to have a wonderful writer and teacher in Rabbi Michael Rothbaum. This page highlights Rabbi Mike's writings and teachings in a variety of venues.



"The Commission on Unalienable Rights: A U.S. Assault on Human Rights"  a webinar held on May 7, 2020. The U.S. State department  created a Commission on Unalienable Rights,  with a purpose of establishing a very narrowly-defined set of “religious” values by which to guide U.S. diplomacy regarding human rights. The RFK Center is lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to disband the commission. Rabbi Mike was invited to be on a panel with Kerry Kennedy and representatives of other human rights organizations, to represent a religious point-of-view.  Read more about the webinar  | Read more about the lawsuit  |  View the webinar   Rabbi Mike is introduced and then speaks around minute 57:00.

"Celebrating Passover and Easter in the Time of Coronavirus" on KPFA radio, April 10, 2020.  Listen to the podcast in which Rabbi Mike participated.

"Passover During a Pandemic:  The Art of Surviving and Thriving", Sojourners magazine, April 1, 2020.

Rabbi Mike’s "Prayer for Workers":  Written by Rabbi Mike.  Published during the Coronavirus pandemic in published in Ritualwell and on Open Siddur

On Human Rights Day, 70 Jewish Communities Start Confronting Racism   :This post was co-written by Rabbi Ellen Lippmann and our Rabbi Michael Rothbaum, on behalf of Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

At services this Rosh Hashana, a familiar social justice refrain (Religion News Services) Rabbi Mike was quoted.

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Re’eh with Rabbi Michael Rothbaum (Jewish Journal, August 31, 2019)

Rabbi Mike was invited, on Rosner's Torah Talk,  to discuss this week's Torah Portion, focusing on economic justice in the parsha.

Opinion / Prot is a Sacred Jewish Practice // The Forward (

We Jews Must Resist Assimilating Into the Whiteness Pushed by Trump and Netanyahu //Ha'

I Marched for Hector //

'Good Jew' or 'Bad Jew'? How U.S. Progressive Activists Police Jewish Participation // Ha'

How Jews Can Reclaim Our Country From The Gaslighter-in-Chief //

That Ol’ White Privilege: What My Last Arrest Taught Me About Race and Rudeness //

Text Study

For T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights,a text study regarding housing, jobs, and income. Everybody’s Got A Right to Live: Jobs, Income, the Right to Organize and Housing

For T'ruah, about the "Black Friday 14", a group of Black Lives Matter activists who chained themselves to a BART [Bay Area subway] train on Black Friday 2014 to protest police violence. A Plan Devised Against Them: Oppression and Justice, Then and Now

Thu, October 1 2020 13 Tishrei 5781