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One of Israel’s hidden gems is a poet named Taha Muhammad Ali. Discovered after he turned 70, he was a numismatist who studied, collected, and sold coins in Nazareth. One of his poems, “Twigs,” includes the lines:

And thus It took me Sixty whole years Until I understood, That water is the best of all drinks, And that bread is the best of all foods, And that there is no value whatsoever to art Unless you instill a little happiness In the heart of man.

I think that you learn that water is the best of all drinks in a very hot climate, like Israel's, and you are parched and...

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Hand of a Black woman wearing blue nail polish and using a pen to write in a notebook as if penning a letter

If you are my friend, know that I am mourning the heinous murder of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers who worked for a police department with a long history of excessive use of force against Black and Brown bodies.

If you are my friend, know that I am suffocating. I can feel the police officer’s knee crushing my throat and I am gasping for air, desperate to live.

If you are my friend, know that I am broken. My heart has been ripped out, chopped up into tiny pieces that have been placed at the site of each murdered Black person in the United States. The blood...

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Collage of four Black individuals holding signs that say EQUAL

As I write this, Shavuot has just come to a close. As fulfilling as it was to engage in Tikkun Leil Shavuot programs facilitated by the Reform Jewish community, a lot weighs on me. With COVID-19 continuing to ravage Black communities and racist violence all over the news, I almost feel like it’s Yom Kippur instead – the time when Jews are supposed to be most aware of...

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Last year, did something revolutionary. Fueled by our commitment to audacious hospitality, the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and elevating voices of Jews on the margins, we launched season one of our groundbreaking podcast Wholly Jewish, which explores what we, as Jews, all have in common and – of equal importance – what makes us all unique.

Season one was hosted by former April Baskin, the Union for...

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Group of somber people wearing orange clothing and holding a banner that says WEAR ORANGE

Everyday more than 100 Americans are killed by guns. On Friday, June 5, we observe Wear Orange Day, a national day of awareness about the scourge of gun violence in the United States. We wear orange to call attention to the epidemic of gun violence facing our country, and to fight for a future free from gun violence. 

We invite the Reform Jewish community to join us in wearing orange in support of the gun violence prevention movement. Typically we would be making plans for rallies and gatherings to honor and remember victims of gun violence,...

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