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A Passover Social Action Update from the RAC



Every year I look forward to Passover, when we gather with family and friends, share a festive meal, and retell the story of our exodus from Egypt – with all the lessons applied to today’s urgent moral dilemmas and to the struggles for freedom in America and across the globe. At every seder, I am […]

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Opportunities and Challenges in a Second Term



After a months-long political campaign, we wake up this morning, take a look around at the new additions to the political landscape, and get ready to “think big” about our goals over the next few years. Whatever your political views, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic, our responsibility for shaping the world includes choosing who […]

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Judaism as a Source of Democratic Thought



Many ethical values underlying democracy are rooted in what Judaism sees as key characteristics of the human condition. And while at no time in the classical period did Judaism create a system of government and laws fully equivalent to our modern democracy, in applying those values, we see clear manifestations of proto-democratic institutions — with […]

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L’Dor v’Dor: Champion the Poor and Needy



This Shabbat falls at the beginning of the Labor Day holiday weekend, which traditionally marks the end of summer. Labor Day today often finds us at barbecues or enjoying the beach one last time before fall, but the holiday originally was created to celebrate unions and the role of workers in our society. Jewish tradition strongly supports the right of employees to be treated with dignity by their employers. The Torah teaches us: “You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer…You must pay out the wages due on the same day, before the sun sets, for the worker is needy and urgently depends on it;” (Deuteronomy 24:14-15).

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Congratulations, Anat!



On behalf of the North American Reform Jewish Movement and all people who appreciate equality in Israel, we offer our sincere and hearty congratulations to Anat Hoffman on her 10th anniversary with the Israel Religious Action Center. It is a true milestone for this committed Israeli activist. Anat has long been a partner of the […]

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Food Stamp Challenge – I Ended Mine, Millions Cannot



6:00 a.m.  LaGuardia.  US Air Shuttle.  I am typing over a breakfast consisting of a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin (without cheese) and a cup of tea – a luxury that during the past week I could not have afforded.  Indeed, it cost 30 cents more than my daily allotment for food over the last week.

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You Shall Be Holy



“It is that command to be holy that calls us to a partnership with the Divine to make God’s vision of justice and peace real here on Earth, to create a better and more hopeful future for all God’s children. You shall be Holy for the Eternal your God is Holy.” There is to me […]

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