Posts Tagged: reproductive rights

This is Personal



In many ways, Judaism is a collective religion – one whose primary unit is not the individual, but rather the community. We need a minyan, a quorum of 10 people, before we pray. Many of our prayers are written in the first person plural “we,” rather than the singular “I.” Our narrative is one of […]

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The “My Abortion, My Life” Campaign: 40 Years of Roe v. Wade



by Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk In the recent election cycle, it was common for us to hear from those advocating their position on reproductive rights in national, state and local law. Some advocated that Roe vs. Wade should be struck down by the Supreme Court. Others suggested persuasively that a court’s definition of life is not nearly […]

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Be a Voice for Reproductive Rights



I’ll never forget Sarah. Sarah was a young woman who sought me out for guidance and support during a very troubling time. She had had sexual intercourse for the first time. Not only was she devastated that afterward the guy revealed that he didn’t really like her as much as she liked him, but also […]

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Rape, Abortion and Judaism



One of the paramount values of Jewish tradition is the embrace of life. The rabbis read a verse in Torah that says, “You shall keep My laws and My rules, so that by doing them a person shall live,” (Leviticus 18:5) and conclude that the Torah and all the laws of our tradition are intended […]

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Playing Hard to Get



Well, it’s about time. After decades of diligent voting, my vote finally counts. According to recent New York Times article, “In Weak Economy, an Opening to Court Votes of Single Women” (August 7, 2012), pollsters and politicians have finally realized that us single gals are a force to be reckoned with. According to the article, […]

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Members of Military Support Equal Rights for Servicewomen



As we were enjoying the long weekend at barbeques or on the beach, I’m sure that many of us also stopped to consider the sacrifices of our troops – both those who currently protect us across the world and those who have served in the armed forces throughout their lifetimes. There are many ways in […]

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Women of Great Imagination



by Rabbi Stephanie Kolin There’s a story told about East End Temple in New York City, the congregation in which I grew up. For 16 years, Rabbi Deborah Hirsch was my rabbi and rabbi to many families like mine. One day, a young boy I used to babysit, Matt, was walking with his mom; they […]

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