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Nails in a board connected by threads to represent interconnectivity

My mind raced with memories over the weekend, my heart heavy as I watched on TV the horse-drawn hearse carry the body of the late Congressman John Lewis across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The same day marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and I was still processing photos of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in St. Charles, IL, last Friday evening: Protestors participating in civil disobedience were “kettled” (forced into an enclosed...

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Shoes standing on either side of a red line as if divided or separated

The teaching that follows here is adapted from one that I was honored to share during President Reuven Rivlin’s annual pre-Tishah B’Av study session, which you can watch on Facebook or at the bottom of this post.

I first met President Rivlin just weeks before he became Israel’s tenth president. It was the day of the funeral of the three Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali...

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Collage of stills of a few of the 2020 Emmy Awards nominations

Though much about the 2020 Emmy Awards ceremony is not yet known, one thing is clear: Jewish TV stars are well positioned to clean up.

Dozens of Jewish actors and creators were on the list when this year’s nominations were announced Tuesday. Read through to see who could take home prizes when the awards show airs in September.

One notable show that was shut out: The Plot Against America, the HBO miniseries that depicts an alternate history in which isolationist Charles Lindbergh wins the 1940 presidential election and encourages anti-Semitic attitudes throughout the United...

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Silhouette of a man and a woman with their backs facing one another as if arguing

I have been thinking a lot about “rebuking” lately.

We are told in Vayikra 19:17:

לֹֽא־תִשְׂנָ֥א אֶת־אָחִ֖יךָ בִּלְבָבֶ֑ךָ הוֹכֵ֤חַ תּוֹכִ֙יחַ֙ אֶת־עֲמִיתֶ֔ךָ וְלֹא־תִשָּׂ֥א עָלָ֖יו חֵֽטְא

“You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.”

Or, in the language of my daughter (and I’m paraphrasing her generation here), ”You have to call people out when they say racist, sexist, homophobic (etc.) things.” I don’t...

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Sunrise over water with trees along the shore

The light of day Crept beneath my eyelids And pushed sleep away.

Awake and aware Ready to begin A new adventure.

Stretching my limbs Wriggling my toes I ease out of bed.

Facing today To live in the moment With anticipation.

I breathe in and out A gift.

Sheila Friedman Rubin, age 82, has been a member of Temple Shalom in Aberdeen, N.J., for more than 50 years; she is also a member of Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, FL. She is the author of the childen's book ...

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