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

Take care not to be lured away to serve other gods and bow to them. For the Lord's anger will flare up against you and He will shut up the skies so that there will be no rain...-Deuteronomy 11:17

If the rains have not come by Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the Bet Din decrees three days of fasting for the entire public...-Mishnah Ta'anit 1:5

Here it is past mid-February and we are finally having some winter storms. But...

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Live at tomorrow night - Mark J. Pelavin, Associate Director of the Center will be on hand to provide LIVE up-to-the-minute coverage of President Obama's Address to Congress!

Mark is one of the Reform Movement's most senior lobbyists, having been at the Religious Action Center for 13 years. L'Chaim!

So what do you get in this live blog, you say? Well, first, you can submit questions in the comments or over Instant Message - our AOL IM screen name is AskTheRAC. Don't worry - we won't block you (unless you...

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

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim judgment upon it; for their wickedness has come before Me. Jonah however, started out to flee to Tarshish from the Lord's service. He went down to Jaffa and found a ship going to Tarshish.-Jonah 1:1-3

Ran into a neighbor this evening, whose daughter left last week on her...

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

Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, or taken the path ofsinners, or joined the company of the inane. -Psalm 1:1

We do not go to the stadium because it is the "company of the inane;" Rabbi Nathan permits [attending the gladiatorial contests] in order to shout and save a life - or in order to bear witness [to the death of a Jewish gladiator] and thus release the widow to remarry. The sages...

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