During Passover, the annual season of celebrating our redemption from slavery and oppression, we are confronted with the juxtaposition of our own freedom and the recognition of those who are still facing injustice in our modern world.
As we sit down to our seders, we have a moral obligation to reflect on what the exodus can teach us about the structural oppression that exists within our society. If we were once enslaved and are commanded to tell the story of how we reached freedom, we should not fully rejoice until we work towards...Read More
Judaism is a communal religion. We celebrate together, we mourn together, we worship together, we learn together, and we play together. The sages taught, for example, that you can't study Torah on your own. We need 10 Jewish adults, a minyan, in order to have a full prayer service. Likewise, while we may observe Shabbat, Hanukkah, and Passover at home, it's a lot more fulfilling to come together...Read More
For Immediate Release March 31, 2017
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WASHINGTON – Reform Jewish Congregations are being urged to protect undocumented immigrants facing deportation. The Union for Reform Judaism’s North American Board of Trustees took this historic step in response to the growing concern about an increase in deportation activity by federal authorities and Congress’s failure to comprehensively address immigration reform. This resolution responds to the urgent need of...Read More
Mah Nishtanah haPesach hazeh mikol haPesachim? Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers?
At this glorious time of year when we shift from winter to spring and recognize the torment and ultimate triumphs of our ancient Jewish ancestors, why not add a twist to tradition and celebrate the Passover holiday with one of God’s true miracles... chocolate?
Once the idea crossed my path, I knew that a chocolate Passover seder...Read More
AIPAC’s Policy Conference returns to Washington this weekend. Like many other pro-Israel Americans, I know that America’s relationship with our closest ally in the Middle East, and the only Jewish state in the world, is best sustained when it transcends the partisan rancor that divides entrenched opponents on so many other issues. Diverse American political support for Israel is a source of strength for both nations and for the Jewish community.
During this first Policy Conference during the Trump administration, how do we avoid letting shared pro-Israel values be overwhelmed by...Read More
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