Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Av 20, 5776

A group in Los Angeles mounts a billboard campaign to halt U.S. aid to Israel. A pension fund divests from Caterpillar Inc. because some of its tractors are sold to the U.S. government and then on to Israel for military use in the West Bank. And novelist Alice Walker refuses to authorize a new Hebrew translation of her Pulitzer Prize-winning...
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Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Today's Reform movement is built on the shoulders of our 19th century Reform forebearers who took Jewish tradition in an entirely new direction, re-envisioning our sacred texts and practices in the light of scientific inquiry and the new frontiers of human thought. Today, we embrace the best of tradition and modernity, science and spirituality. Ours is the Judaism of autonomy,...
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Ariel Warmflash
I'm not good at transitions. Never have been. I cried my first week at Ramah overnight camp, moped around after returning from my high school semester abroad and remained awake the entire night before leaving for university. I guess I don't like change. So, imagine the aftermath of a transition as big as college graduation. I have been officially out...
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Rabbi Andrea L. Merow
Did you know that there is a special blessing one says when one sees a ruler or head of state? "Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, Ruler of the World, who gives of G-ds own glory to flesh and blood." <p>Last month at a meeting at the White House with Conservative rabbis, government officials and President Barack Obama, I was...
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Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander Joffe
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently passed an amendment to the State Department and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill that could help change the conversation about Palestinian refugees. The bill requires the State Department to specify to Congress, for the first time, how many of the 5 million Palestinians who are supported by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency...
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