In this week’s Torah portion, we read about twelve spies who Moses sends to check out the land of Canaan. Ten of the twelve come back appalled at the crazy and seemingly insurmountable obstacles they saw – from giants to warriors to populous enemies. Only Joshua and Caleb come back confident that the Israelites, small but mighty, have the capacity to conquer the land promised to them by God. Unfortunately, in this case, majority rules, and the Israelite people as a whole get punished for their lack of faith.
We made it! This weekend was our last L’Taken of the year. It’s a bittersweet moment: we’re happy to have a few more free weekends and sad that one of the most meaningful and fun parts of the program year is drawing to a close. And in case you missed it, here’s a story in the New York Jewish Week about L’Taken participant Jacob Weiner, written by his mother, Susan. It’s a truly moving piece that makes all of us even more proud of the way L’Taken touches and transforms the participants.
Tonight, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation. Leaders of the Reform Jewish Movement are highlighting key issues they hope President Obama will address in the speech and calling on the President and Members of Congress to act swiftly on pressing domestic and international concerns.
After six years, the Presidential limos will once again feature D.C.’s official license plate and its famous motto: “taxation without representation.” The new plates, which were announced this week, will be in use for Monday’s inaugural parade. Read more…
Well after midnight, in the early morning on November 7th, President Obama took to the podium to address an enthusiastic crowd of supporters. In thanking all of those who volunteered their time for his campaign and those who voted, the President made reference to the tremendous lines that many voters endured. Although this year’s election did not boil down to a debate about butterfly ballots, troubling signs of voter suppression are cause for concern.
When we stepped into the election booths on Tuesday (or mailed in our ballots anti-climactically two weeks ago), we were finally alone—there was blissful silence from the seemingly never-ending campaign commercials, a lack of fliers and posters and bumper stickers, no friends telling us which way to vote, and no camera phones posting our opinions to Facebook. But we did bring in one thing: our values.