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Before undertaking the study of Torah, we recite this blessing:
Baruch atah Baruch atah, Adonai, Eloheinu, melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav, v'tzivanu la’sok b’divrei Torah.
One translation says: "Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to make Torah our business."
As Torah is the business of the Jewish people, so is it the business of the Union for Reform Judaism to support policies and practices in keeping with our Jewish values.
At the URJ Biennial in November, the General Assembly - the largest decision-making body of the URJ - approved a resolution on the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming people. This week, the URJ's North American Board overwhelmingly adopted three new resolutions, concluding the consultative and inclusive process that began before the Biennial. These resolutions add to the canon of hundreds of URJ resolutions adopted over more than a century and which outline the URJ’s values and priorities.
In passing these resolutions, the Reform Movement has demonstrated once again that, in our tradition, ethical, religious, and political matters are integrally related and, as the prophets taught us and as the Torah makes plain again and again, we must apply the ethical insights of our tradition to the real problems of our society.