Imagine a law that asserts that I am a woman: The Womanhood Act, a hypothetical piece of legislation. This law entitles me to the rights that women have and denies these rights to all non-women. Now imagine a different law that recognizes women as people, and gives them rights based on the equality between women and men. The first law is meaningless, serving no purpose besides aggravating a lot of men and stating what I already know, while the second law has the potential of making a real contribution.
On Wednesday, I am flying home from Washington, D.C., to Boston to celebrate Thanksgiving. One of my family’s Thanksgiving traditions is to wake up a little earlier than my younger brother and sister would like and volunteer for Little Brothers of the Elderly, a non-profit that sends volunteers to the homes of elderly men and women throughout the Boston area to ensure that they have a happy Thanksgiving
After getting our assignments, volunteers then go to the Northeastern University cafeteria to pick up mashed potatoes, stuffing,...Read More
Rebekah, pregnant Twin sons struggle inside her "Why do I exist?"
Soon enough, she knows God says Jacob will prevail Mom must make it so
As she feels her unborn sons fighting in her womb, Rebekah wonders, "If this is so, why do I exist?" (Genesis 25:22). God says she'll give birth to two nations, and "the elder [Esau] shall serve the younger [Jacob]." (Genesis 25:23). But Esau is the favorite of his father Isaac (Genesis 25:28). So mom takes matters into her own hands, making sure that Jacob receives his father's blessing. (Genesis 27)
Happy Thanksgiving, hooray, hooray, hooray! Aren't you glad you're not a turkey on this Thanksgiving Day...
These words by Jewish musician Debbie Friedman start to stick in my head this time of year. It is a silly child's song, but one that leads me to wonder; is Thanksgiving a Jewish holiday?
My first inclination is to say no, it is an American holiday (Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada, on the second Monday of October). Nearly everyone celebrates it. Many of us have fond memories of time spent with family indulging in a glorious feast - turkey, mashed potatoes,...Read More
Today, we remember:
Brittany Stergis, shot dead in her car in Cleveland, OH, on December 5, 2013.
Kanday Hall, murdered and found in a field, in Baltimore, MD, on June 3, 2014.
Aniya Oarker shot in the head in East Hollywood, CA, on October 3, 2014.
Today, we remember. We remember these three individuals who were murdered in anti-transgender violence. And we...Read More
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