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Ari Paskoff is a sophomore at American University and an intern at the RAC. Following the Consultation on Conscience, the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism met last week to discuss and debate resolutions that speak to core values of Reform Judaism life. I felt truly honored to be able to witness the Reform Movement's social action leaders discuss the courses of action that the URJ could take for at least the upcoming year, and possibly further. This meeting was an eye-opening experience for me since I never had any former experience with the...

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

As she kept on praying before the Lord, Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah was praying in her heart, only her lips moved, but her voice could not be heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. -Samuel 1:12-13

Schools are closed during Pesach, and many businesses and offices are closed for part of the week. This creates a great opportunity for family vacations - or, alternatively, a strong need for activities to entertain the...

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Today Rabbi Saperstein joined Representatives John Lewis (D-GA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), as well as Jerry Fowler, Executive Director of Save Darfur and John Prendergast, Co-founder of the Enough Project, in civil disobedience to protest the ongoing suffering in Darfur, exacerbated by President Bashir's expulsion of over a dozen aid agencies from the region earlier this month. The group was arrested for their act of civil disobedience at the...

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

And from the day on which you bring the omer offering - the day after the sabbath - you shall count off seven weeks. They must be complete: you must count until the day after the seventh week - fifty days; then you shall bring an offering of new grain to the Lord.-Leviticus 23:15-16

As principal of a Jewish school in the US, I always felt that once we hit Tu Beshvat, the year is over - there is no time or energy left to do anything except cope with the succession of holidays, get ready for the end...

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

The ocean sounds, O Lord, the ocean sounds its thunder, the ocean sounds its pounding. Above the thunder of the mighty waters, more majestic than the breakers of the sea is the Lord, majestic, on high. -Psalm 93:3-4

Many Israelis spend Pesach in Sinai (despite both the irony of returning to Egypt for Pesach, and the government warnings of terror attacks). That's always seemed a bit extreme to us, but this year we...

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