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Rabbi Saperstein has invited rabbis across North America to join him in a water-only fast for Darfur next week, from dusk June 17th to dusk on June 18th. These rabbis will be joining a long line of politicians, celebrities and activists in carrying on a fast begun by actress Mia Farrow to call for the restoration of humanitarian aid to the people of Darfur.

Know a rabbi who you think would want to help carry the torch and raise awareness about the urgent situation in Darfur?...

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The passage and signing of marriage equality in New Hampshire was yet another exciting victory for the LGBT community and advocates across the country. With the realization of full marriage equality now in 6 states, the movement is gaining momentum and being put in the national spotlight. While we are still waiting and hoping that the New York State Senate will kick into gear and pass...

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

Who is the mightiest of the mighty? ... Some say: he who is able to turn his enemy into a friend.

-Avot d'Rabbi Nathan version A chapter 23

One of the obstacles to the creation of a political future shared by Jews and Arabs in Israel, as discussed in the last entry, is perhaps the fact that we don't share an understanding of the past. And the fact that the story told by...

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While the world's (and my own) attention have turned today to President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, there's a development back here in Washington that shouldn't pass unnoticed. President Obama set a goal of a nuclear-weapons-free world in his previous bold speech in Prague. While many politicians are understood to either support or not oppose this law, few from either side of the aisle have spoken in support of this vision, one which the Reform Movement has supported since the dawning of the nuclear age in the middle of last century.

It is thus rather significant...

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

...We, members of the people's council, representatives of the Jewish community of Eretz-Israel and of the Zionist movement..., hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the state of Israel.

-Israel Declaration of Independence

As I suggested in my last entry, in thinking about what it will take for Jews and Arabs to live together in peace in Israel, there are (at least) four different dimensions to consider: the political, the historical,...

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