In the period of wandering between the Exodus from Egypt and the entrance into the Promised Land, Moses is instructed many times to count the Israelites. The beginning of Parashat Pinchas recounts “the eligible male descendants of the Israelites who came out of the land of Egypt” (Numbers 26:4). This census is relayed by listing family lineages and their numerous descendants. After the counting is complete, we learn of how land will be apportioned among the tribes and their many tributaries.
What is especially striking is that the tribes are still organized by the names of Jacob’s...Read More
Yesterday, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center, sent letters to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple to express deep concern for the ongoing treatment of and danger to protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation, and to urge both to work with law enforcement and other officials and to ensure that safety and rights are upheld.
Although we take no position on the pipeline, the safety and rights of the protesters must be ensured. Jewish tradition teaches that all...Read More
Today, Rabbi Jonah Pesner sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to take swift action to protect those who have applied or participated in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to not face deportation for simply seeking access. DACA was created in 2012 by executive order to allow the more than 700,000 DREAMers -- undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children -- access to a work visa. DACA did not create a pathway to citizenship nor legal immigration status, which only Congress can do, but it did allow many people to be able to work and...Read More
The beginning of the program year is always an exciting time at the RAC, as we begin a new cycle of tikkun olam work. In many ways, the high point of our organizational Rosh Hashanah, the blowing of the shofar and our call to action, is the arrival of the new class of Eisendrath Legislative Assistants. As they begin their work on these key social justice issues, here's some more information about them and what they are working on:
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Nathan Bennett is from Wilmette, IL, and was a member of Ner Tamid Ezra Habonim Egalitarian Minyan. He attended Northwestern...Read More
With 65 million people displaced worldwide, the current global refugee has now surpassed World War II’s record of displaced people. The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) reports that this is the first time in the office’s history that the 60 million mark has been surpassed.
A recent report from UNHCR found that, “measured against the world’s population of 7.4 billion people, one in every 113 people globally is now either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee – putting them at a level of risk for which UNHCR knows no precedent.”
Many Reform...Read More
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