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Live at rac.org 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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by Marc Rosenstein (Originally published in Galilee Diary and Ten Minutes of Torah)

A scheme is not a vision. -Leonard Cohen, "Isaac"

Now that the latest war seems to have ended, we can get back to where we left off in the election campaign (the cynics, of course, argue that the war was actually just a phase of the campaign). The posters all show portraits of scowling candidates, with slogans like "not a buddy - a leader!" (You find...

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

Altneuland = Oldnewland: Title of novel published in 1902 by Theodore Herzl, envisioning the Jewish state as a progressive, secular, German-speaking utopia.Tel Aviv: The title of the Hebrew translation of Altneuland; Tel = mound of ancient ruins; Aviv = springtime.

We are producing a one-day seminar for 400 10th graders at the Reali High School in Haifa next week,...

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