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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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by Marc Rosenstein(Originally published in Galilee Diary and Ten Minutes of Torah)Therefore, when the Lord your God grants you safety from all your enemies around you, in the land that the Lord your God is giving you as a hereditary portion, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.  Do not forget.            -Deuteronomy 25:19

There were criminals in Rabbi Meir's neighborhood that so bothered him that he prayed for their death. Beruriah, his wife, said...

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

Take care not to be lured away to serve other gods and bow to them. For the Lord's anger will flare up against you and He will shut up the skies so that there will be no rain...-Deuteronomy 11:17

If the rains have not come by Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the Bet Din decrees three days of fasting for the entire public...-Mishnah Ta'anit 1:5

Here it is past mid-February and we are finally having some winter storms. But...

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Live at tomorrow night - Mark J. Pelavin, Associate Director of the Center will be on hand to provide LIVE up-to-the-minute coverage of President Obama's Address to Congress!

Mark is one of the Reform Movement's most senior lobbyists, having been at the Religious Action Center for 13 years. L'Chaim!

So what do you get in this live blog, you say? Well, first, you can submit questions in the comments or over Instant Message - our AOL IM screen name is AskTheRAC. Don't worry - we won't block you (unless you...

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