Rabbi Neil P.G. Hirsch
Shavuot marks the end of the counting of the Omer, the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. Many view the counting of the Omer as a spiritual and conscientious practice—but while the Reform Jewish community conscientiously counts through 49 days, we know that there are many who count days, weeks, and years as they serve time in the criminal justice system.
Today, the United States has the largest imprisoned population in the world by total number. Over-criminalization and mass incarceration have overwhelmingly affected people of color. Black men are disproportionately likely to be...Read More
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