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March Madness? Indeed! Washington is buzzing with speculation about the speaker lineup at the 2009 Consultation on Conscience. It's THE place to be next month - especially for Jewish social justice activists! RACBlog has the inside scoop on the Consultation's scheduled speakers - so be sure to watch this space for the latest updates. Today's big news is the confirmed attendance of Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow! Senator Stabenow is the Chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and a key member of the Senate leadership team.

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

We will dress you in a dress of cement and mortar; We will spread for you carpets of gardens; On the soil of your redeemed fields The grain will sing out like bells.

Through the desert we will carve a road; The swamps - we'll dry them all up. What more we can give you, we will, What haven't we given that we still can give? -Nathan Alterman, from "Morning Song" 1934

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

Once there was a man who was clearing stones from his field and throwing them into the public domain. A pious one kept nagging him: "Why are you clearing stones from what is not yours and throwing them into your own space?" The man ignored him. Later, he sold that field, and was walking past it and tripped on the stones. He said, "Now I understand what that guy meant with his nonsense... Read More

Yesterday's Social Action Briefing was attended by people from all over the country! Thanks for joining in - but we know that many of you were unable to listen in, so we've got the audio available here!  Check it out here:

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

Yehoshua ben Perachia said, Make for yourself a teacher (master), acquire for yourself a colleague, and judge every person favorably. -Mishnah, tractate Avot 1:6

Thursday was a warm sunny winter day after a difficult couple of weeks. I welcomed the opportunity to drive myself to Jerusalem, enjoying three mindless off-peak hours as the scenery sped by. The occasion was a seminar in honor of the retirement of Prof....

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