Rabbi Brant Rosen publicly denounced Israel’s institutional oppression of Palestinians and founded the anti-Zionist synagogue Tzedek Chicago in 2015. Even without calling it apartheid, Rosen notes that other Jewish organizations see that annexation “would enact an institutionalized, formal system of discrimination between two ethnic-national populations, both living in the same territory, with each governed by a separate set of laws.” Committed to Jewish values, Rabbi Rosen says that it should be clearer than ever that equity, justice and rights for all people will only happen when we honestly reckon with the legacy of institutional racism, including the treatment of Palestinian families.
He is described by Tikkun editor Rabbi Michael Lerner as “at once a courageous rabbi and the voice of a new generation of American Jews who are refusing to allow the right-wing voices of the Jewish world to define Judaism.” Rosen has written the book Wresting in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity. Read more about Rabbi Brant Rosen’s perspective on his blog Shalom Rav.
Rabbi Brant Rosen also runs a personal website where he blogs about the intersection between Jewish faith and social justice causes. His blog focus son Israel-Palestine issues and one post addresses the “Israel’s atrocities” in Gaza post-Oct 7 and calls for a strong anti-Zionist stance. The post breaks down the Zionist belief of Israel’s right to exist as tied to the annihilation of all Palestinian people who are viewed as a threat on their own native land. Rabbi Brant closes by calling for his peers to remember and practice the “Jewish tradition of solidarity and liberation for all.”
In honor of Yom Kippur in 2023, Brant wrote an op-ed for TruthOut.Org, reflecting on the importance of Jewish solidarity with the Palestinian peoples fight for freedom. He calls Jews to use both their “words and actions” in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle, considering this a “sacred act.”
Rabbi Rosen is author of the book, Wrestling in the Daylight.