#OccupyJudaism – It’s Time to Build My Tent

Originally published on Daily Kos

In the wake of #OccupyYomKippur – the Occupy Wall Street expansion that left me speechless this weekend – a new, organic expansion has emerged to get social-justice-minded Jews into the streets: Occupy Judaism.

This expansion comes at the perfect time. Beginning Wednesday, the week-long holiday of Sukkot starts, a holiday during which many in my tribe build temporary, outdoor huts (called a Sukkah – סוכה) where we hang out, eat and even (for some) sleep.


When I put up our Sukkah this morning under a surprisingly warm, October sun, I was thinking, Here’s our own little occupation right here. However, now that I’ve learned the same folks who inspired over 1,000 Jews to conduct Yom Kippur services across from Zuccotti Park are planning on setting up a pop-up Sukkah at Occupy Wall Street, my thinking has changed.

Now, I will attempt to set up a Sukkah at our local occupation in Pittsburgh as young, activist Jews across the country begin to expand the Occupy Wall Street movement in their communities by encouraging Jews of all stripes – religious, secular, atheist, anarchist – to get out into the streets.

Sure it’s a small step in a larger, necessary movement. But it will take small steps from all of us for this inspiring protest to continue expanding, to continue widening until everyone understands that we will not tolerate a lack of economic justice in this country any longer.

That we will not sit idly by as our government continues to be complicit in allowing a corrupt financial sector to bring ruin upon ordinary Americans.

That we will not sit idly by as those comprising the wealthiest one percent buy their representation (and receive bailouts) from our elected officials as 99 percent of Americans suffer from a lack of responsible governing.

It’s time to build our tents.


Follow me on Twitter @David_EHG


About David Harris-Gershon

David Harris-Gershon – a blogger for Tikkun magazine and a freelance writer on Israel, the Middle East and America’s role in the region – has recently published work in The Jerusalem Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, AlterNet, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Colorado Review and elsewhere. His memoir – What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? – is forthcoming from Oneworld Publications (2013). He received his MFA from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and has worked extensively as an educator, teaching creative writing and Israeli History / Jewish Studies in university and high school classrooms. Follow David on Twitter @David_EHG

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