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Remarks from Richmond Rally Against Muslim Ban

Video of these remarks can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/jewishaction.us/videos/705614492975135/ Video of all speeches can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/moveon/videos/10154390220140493/ In 1790, our first president, George Washington, sent a letter to the Jewish community in Newport, Rhode Island, pledging that “the government of the … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 16 – The Persistence of Slavery

According to author Lemony Snicket, matzah is the quintessential Passover food because it captures the nature of slavery. We find matzah crumbs all over the house even after Passover ends. Slavery, too, has a way of spreading and persisting. Even … Continue reading

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Is Spying on Citizens Kosher?

“Big Brother is watching you.” That is one of the most iconic lines from George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, but it could also describe one of 2013’s defining stories. In June, The Guardian exposed a classified court order that directed Verizon, … Continue reading

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To Disrespect and Disobey – 30 Days of Liberation, Day 10

The first heroes of Exodus are two lowly, God-fearing midwives named Shifrah and Pu’ah who refuse Pharaoh’s order to kill all Hebrew baby boys. The midwives model being unafraid to stand up for what is right, even to someone profoundly … Continue reading

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God or Pharaoh – 30 Days of Liberation, Day 9

Imitate God, not Pharaoh. According to Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, that’s the message of the Passover story. God hears the cries of the Israelites and, with aroused compassion, works to end their suffering. Pharaoh doesn’t allow his heart to be stirred. … Continue reading

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The Jewish Necessity to Question the Israel-Gaza Conflict

Over the past few years, Hamas operatives in Gaza have been indiscriminately firing rockets into Israeli civilian population centers. When the shelling dramatically increased last week, the Israeli government decided to initiate a strong military response. The Israeli government claims … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Pilgrimage to Whitwell – Parashat Shemini/Yom Ha-Shoah 2012

This past Sunday and Monday, I accompanied a group of our teens and parents to Whitwell, Tennessee.  It was a pilgrimage, of sorts, to visit the Whitwell Middle School Children’s Holocaust Memorial, the culmination of what has become known worldwide … Continue reading

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