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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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We've got three great Consultation on Conscience speakers to announce before Pesach begins. On Monday, April 20th, we'll be joined by two extraordinary activists. Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children's Defense Fund, which she founded in 1973 to advocate for the rights of poor, minority and disabled children. The first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, Wright...

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Consultation on Conscience is fewer than two weeks away, and we've still got a stellar list of speakers to reveal. Today, we're announcing two outstanding special guests, one from the advocacy world and one from Congress.

 

Joining us on Monday, April 20th is Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based institution building the global interfaith youth movement.  Patel, who holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from...

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