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In the wake of the 2016 election, a CBS Religion and Culture documentary called Beyond Tolerance addresses bigotry, racism, and how faith communities are working to combat them across the United States. This program first aired on Sunday, June 25, and continues to play on CBS affiliates (check local listings here), but it's now available for viewing online, as well.

In this incredible,...

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First, some Jewish background. It is not surprising that Judaism provides a vision, not a detailed set of specifications, on health care. From one perspective, Leviticus 19:16 states, “You shall not stand idly by while your friend’s blood is being shed”. At the same time, the Talmud states: “if I jump into a river to save someone and lose my shirt, then I can subsequently charge them for my losses incurred through the act of kindness.”

As an internist in a practice serving...

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Throughout June, most of the LGBTQ people I know are talking about their Pride plans: which cities, which events, which parties, which outfits, and inevitably which bad dates we’ll be awkwardly running into. After coming out in my first year of rabbinical school, I spent my first Prides decked out in a political T-shirt, waving a rainbow flag, and spending three days in a state of gay euphoria.

But in the last few years, Pride has changed. The world has changed. Politically, the Pride march has become a parade, a time when the whole world (or at least New York) seems to light up...

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In this week’s Torah portion, parashat Korach, Moses and Aaron face a rebellion. Of course, it fails and the perpetrators are punished. This is a prayer for wise and dedicated political leaders, asking that they have the imagination and strength to address the problems of our time. The prayer includes an option in [brackets] to identify particular issues and problems of interest to the person reciting the prayer.

For Political Leadership

God of history, We yearn for [new] leadership, For men and women of...

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Shabbat is a radical, transformative idea.

In the ancient world, there were no weekends; most people worked seven days a week. Even those who lived more leisurely lives, like Pharaoh or the Mesopotamian rulers, had rigid roles to carry out and from which there was no break.

Then along came the Jews, with our peculiar creation story. Unlike any other creation narrative, ours begins as follows:

When God began to create heaven and earth – the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water— God said...

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