The solution of mankind's most vexing problem will not be found in renouncing technical civilization, but in attaining some degree of independence of it. In regard to external gifts, to outward possessions, there is only one proper attitude - to have them and to be able to do without them. On the Sabbath we live, as it were, independent of technical civilization: we abstain primarily from any activity that...Read More
Only 16 days left until Consultation on Conscience! As the big event looms closer, we've got plenty of as-yet-unannounced speakers to reveal here on RACblog. Today, as a special gift to you on this Shabbat, we're announcing not one but two great Consultation speakers! Remember to register for the Consultation if you haven't yet - it's your surest way to get your Jewish Social Justice groove on. First up: Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey will join us on Monday, April 20th. Booker, a Washington, D.C. native, won a sweeping victory in the 2006...Read More
Consultation on Conscience, the Reform Movement's flagship social justice conference, is just 17 days away, and we've got lots of exciting speakers to unveil before then. Today, we're thrilled to announce that Congresswoman Nita Lowey of New York's 18th district will join us on Tuesday, April 21st, directly upon returning from a trip to Israel and the Middle East.
Rep. Lowey, a New York native, has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1988, making her one of the longest-serving Jewish members...Read More
No, this isn't an April's Fools joke! Our rollout of speakers scheduled for the 2009 Consultation on Conscience continues, and today, we're able to announce our third special guest: California's Sen. Barbara Boxer, will be joining us on Tuesday afternoon, April 21. The charismatic Sen. Boxer, who once ran on the gutsy campaign slogan "Barbara Boxer Gives a Damn!," is one of two Jewish women in the Senate (along with fellow California Senator Dianne Feinstein). Sen. Boxer has held her current seat since 1993, after spending a decade in the House of...Read More
Encamped at Gilgal, in the steppes of Jericho, the Israelites offered the Passover sacrifice on the fourteenth day of the month, toward evening. On the day after the Passover offering, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the country, unleavened bread and parched grain. On the same day, when they ate of the produce of the land, the manna ceased. The Israelites got no more manna; that year they ate of the yield of the land of Canaan.-Joshua 5:10-12
We learn in chapter 5 of Joshua that while the generation of the Exodus had been circumcised in Egypt, their children and...Read More