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Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the RAC, is appearing on Shalom TV all week with the American Jewish Committee's David Harris, talking about the ways in which the late Sen. Ted Kennedy cared about Jewish concerns and the State of Israel. The program can be seen through Saturday night, September 12, at any time of day. To find out how to view the program in your area, visit

For more on Sen. Kennedy's connection to the Jewish community, read ...

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by Marc Rosenstein(Originally published in Galilee Diary and Ten Minutes of Torah)

Since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that a Judaism frozen in time is an heirloom, not a living fountain. Changes must be thoughtful, of course, and must be rooted in the history and traditions of our people. But we assert Judaism's innovative character, and we assert, too, that a stubborn failure to change will make Judaism an irrelevance. -Rabbi Eric Yoffie

When we first...

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by Marc Rosenstein(Originally published in Galilee Diary and Ten Minutes of Torah)

Rabbi Abba said in the name of Samuel: for three years the School of Shammai and the School of Hillel were in disagreement, each insisting that the halachah was according to its view. A heavenly voice was heard, saying "Both views are the words of the living God, and the halachah is according to the School of Hillel." But if both are the words of the living God, why did the School...

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Daphne Price is the executive assistant to Rabbi David Saperstein.

It has been many months since humanitarian groups were expelled from Sudan, and the situation remains largely unresolved. To raise awareness of what life is like in Sudan, influential people (celebrities, clergy, etc.) joined efforts and began a public fast, inviting others to join them. Back in June, Rabbi David Saperstein embarked on a three-day for Darfur. On the third day he invited rabbis from each of the streams to join him...

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by Marc Rosenstein(Originally posted in Galilee Diary and Ten Minutes of Torah)

These you may eat of all that live in water: anything in water,, whether in the seas or in the streams, that has fins and scales - these you may eat. -Leviticus 11:9

Last week I hosted a couple of guests from the US who happen to be in the gourmet food business. In planning an itinerary in the Galilee, they told me they had heard there is a caviar farm in the region, and that they'd be interested in seeing it. I had...

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