Articles written by: Ian Chesir-Teran

Rabbi Ian Chesir-Teran was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2014. He is the Rabbinic Educator in Israel for T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and the Manager of Diaspora Communications and Engagement for the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the Reform Movement's civil and human rights organization in Israel. Ian also maintains a part-time private US law practice. He made aliyah from New Jersey in 2009, and is a member of Kibbutz Hannaton, where he lives with his husband, Daniel, and their three children, Eliezer, Yonah and Tamar.

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News & Politics

From Israel: Trust Me

The matzav scares me. It seems too overwhelming to overcome. Yet I refuse to surrender to despair.

Schlissel stabs a marcher at the Jerusalem Pride March (Photo: CNN)
News & Politics

Jerusalem Pride 2015 and its Aftermath

Three weeks ago, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed six people at Jerusalem’s annual LGBTQ pride march. One victim, 16-year old Shira Banki, died of her wounds several days later. The assailant, Yishai Schlissel, was released from jail only a month before the attack, after serving a 10-year sentence for stabbing three people at Jerusalem’s 2005 pride march.

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Legal

Mazel Tov, America!

When news of the SCOTUS decision legalizing same-sex marriage broke, I was with my three children on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, on a beach between Haifa and Acre. My oldest and youngest were bouncing giddily in the waves, which were choppier than usual. My middle son was marveling […]

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Same-sex Marriage and the Slippery Slope: Comparing Chalk to Cheese

If a polygamous family files a lawsuit challenging their state’s marriage laws, let Justice Alito answer his own question then. That’s what he gets paid for.

Titanic as Marriage Equality Metaphor
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Titanic as Marriage Equality Metaphor

If I were a political cartoonist, the metaphor I would use to illustrate the current status of the epic same-sex marriage battle would be the sinking of the Titanic. The Titanic representing outright opposition to marriage equality; The iceberg breaching the Titanic’s hull represents SCOTUS’s 2013 Windsor decision declaring pivotal portions […]

Same-Sex Marriage Update:  6th Circuit Upholds Marriage Bans
Legal / News & Politics

Same-Sex Marriage Update: 6th Circuit Upholds Marriage Bans

The United States Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit became the first federal appellate court to rule that refusing same-sex couples the freedom to marry is not unconstitutional

Virginia Decision Allows Same-Sex Couples Access to Adoption and Foster Care
Legal / News & Politics

Virginia Decision Allows Same-Sex Couples Access to Adoption and Foster Care

Marriage equality in Virginia brings with it access to adoption and foster care.

The United States Supreme Court’s Surprise Same-Sex Marriage Decision
Legal / News & Politics

The United States Supreme Court’s Surprise Same-Sex Marriage Decision

The Supreme Court decided not to hear arguments in any of the five cases that were ripe for review, leaving in place rulings in favor of same-sex marriage.

A Boy’s Bar Mitzvah and a Family’s Coming of Age
Life / Spirituality & religion / Uncategorized

A Boy’s Bar Mitzvah and a Family’s Coming of Age

A multi-generational, multi-racial and multi-denominational family unites in celebration.

Invoking God’s Name in Vain: a Personal Update from Israel
Spirituality & religion

Invoking God’s Name in Vain: a Personal Update from Israel

Living in Israel has been especially depressing this past month. Kidnappings. Murders. Bombs. Sirens. Air strikes. Demonstrations. Threats of ground troops. I have sworn off Facebook for the moment, after seeing my news feed overrun by messages laced with judgment, fear, rage, self-righteousness, and more. Although my family and I […]