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  1. Why We Do What We Do

    Drawing from teachings in the Babylonian Talmud, Rabbi David Teutsch teaches that “silence is consent.” For American Jewish communities, keeping silent about injustice emerging in Israel makes Jews complicit in those acts of injustice.


    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  2. Micah's Message

    Fighting for immigration reform and safety for refugees is a clear “charge of Torah,” writes Amy Small. Many generations of Jews are invigorated by long-held Jewish values of pursuing justice and protecting the “stranger.”


    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  3. My name is Dev, and my pronouns are ‘they’ and ‘them’

    Having their choice of pronouns respected is very important to a trans or nonbinary person. They perpetually face the false but ubiquitous assumption that the male/female binary includes all gender identities.


    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  4. Justice Work is a Mitzvah

    How do we work to make things better? This interpretation of the morning Shaharit offers a way in: to act in spiritual alignment with creation for a more equitable and just world.


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  5. Mitzvat Ahavat Erev Rav: Loving the Complexity of Our Identities

    Identity politics hold an increasingly defining role in the American social and political landscape of the 21st century. Jane Litman explores the complexity of holding Jewish identity in relationship to other identities.


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  6. In at the Deep End

    Immersion and Affirmation of Jewish Identity--a Personal Account


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  7. Creating a Progressive, Inclusive, Egalitarian Jewish People

    In his inaugural speech at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association convention, Rabbi Seth Goldstein frames a vision of an American Jewish community guided by progressive values and radical egalitarianism.


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  8. Jewish Particularism and Race

    In this d’var delivered in 2009, Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein reflects on race, particularism and the work needed to be done by white Jews to address racism and colorblindness in Jewish communities, neighborhoods, schools and relationships.


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  9. Israel, Palestine and Us: A Response to Toba Spitzer

    In this response to Toba Spitzer’s essay “Israel and Us: Creating a New Narrative,” Rabbi Brant Rosen argues that the “justice narrative” outlined by Rabbi Spitzer is more than a narrative; it’s a reality that should be placed at the forefront of American Jewish discourse on Israel/Palestine.


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  10. Why Bother With Judaism?

    In this speech from the 2017 RRA convention, Rabbi Michael Strassfeld reflects on redemption, responsibility and embodying Torah as Jewish leaders and community members.


    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm