This Shabbat, as we slow down, disconnect and enjoy the day of rest with family and friends, we also have the opportunity to spend some time to reflect on the status of women at home and abroad.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been celebrated on March 8th for nearly 40 years. This date, designated by the United Nations, falls during Women’s History Month; taken together, these dates remind us to pause and take stock.
IWD asks us not only to consider broad issues of women’s equality around the world – such as access to education, freedom from coercion, abuse and sexual...Read More
Finders keepers? No! Something found must be returned Don't lie about it.
After several chapters of excruciating detail about how sacrifices are to be made, this week's portion ends (Lev 5:20-26) with some commandments concerning dishonesty. These include ... "If a person sins and commits an appropriation offense against God ... having found a lost object and lying about it ... he has sinned and is guilty ... He must make restitution of the principal [to its rightful owner] and then add one-fifth to it ... He must then bring to the priests his sin...Read More
Of all things I love about Israel, I think there is one umbrella that captures most of them: The opportunity to live out, on a daily basis, a life of idealism. I know that’s possible anywhere – but it doesn’t happen everywhere.
A journey south into the desert puts this most obviously on display. The desert was where David Ben Gurion envisioned Israel’s future would lie: ideals lived out pioneering the arid, craggy desert and making it flourish. That never happened, not in significant numbers, anyway; the overwhelming majority of Israel’s population lives in the central swath of the...Read More
Things really can change in 35 years. That was my reaction to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., which I visited I was in the city participating in the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar. Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell of Temple Concord in Binghamton, N.Y., had invited me to be one of the chaperones for the synagogue’s confirmation class, and we had a free afternoon during which we could visit one of the Smithsonian museums. I hadn’t been to the Hirshhorn since college...Read More
We come to our Homeland in order to be planted in our natural soil from which we have been uprooted, to strike our roots deep into its life-giving substances, and to stretch out our branches in the sustaining and creating air and sunlight of the Homeland... We, who have been torn away from nature, who have lost the savor of natural living – if we desire life, we must establish a new relationship with nature; we must open a new account with it. – A.D. Gordon (1856-1922), spiritual leader of the pioneers of the Second Aliyah
We are experiencing the worst drought in almost a century (so...Read More
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