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Sign with an angry looking Statue of Liberty that reads GIVE UP YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR YOUR HUDDLES MASSES AND WELL TAKE AWAY THEIR CHILDREN

Take a moment to think about your mother or your father; your daughter or your son. Now, think of being forcibly separated from your loved one, without reasonable cause, without warning, without knowledge of where either one of you may be headed, and without a clue as to when you will see them again. All you can hear is the sound your loved one crying out your name.

This scenario may evoke thoughts of one of the darkest times in Jewish history. Yet, this is happening today, in America.

Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration’...

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Knowing when to let go is one of the most difficult decisions that many of us will face as we enter old age. If we hold on to our business or clutch on to our children too long, we may do harm to them and to ourselves. 

But who among us has the moral strength to let go of what we have invested so much of ourselves into?

Consider the case of Moses, the man who defeated Pharaoh, led his people through the wilderness, and brought them to the very edge of the Promised Land – and then failed the last great test of his life.

The story has two parts. In the first, when...

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Music has the power to bring people together. One piece, “Bridal March” from Richard Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin” (known in the vernacular as “Here Comes the Bride”), brings modern Jewish brides together in a unique way: Except for The Nanny’sfictional Fran Fine, few use it as the music for their procession down the aisle.

Wagner was a virulent anti-Semite who trumpeted his hatred for Jews through inflammatory, vitriolic letters...

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As the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival — a campaign to raise up the enduring and intersecting web of issues that sustain deep inequality in American society — continues into this Pride Month, we are reminded of the importance of highlighting the way in which poverty uniquely affects already marginalized communities.

Specifically, we know that LGBTQ Americans experience poverty at a higher rate than non-LGBTQ Americans. ...

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This Sunday, July 1, is Canada Day, a national holiday that celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Canada and its citizens. In that spirit, we’ve rounded up blog posts, interviews, and stories by and about Canadians and Canada – all with a Jewish twist.  

1. Read about how Canada is leading the way.

With passage of the country’s Civil Marriage Act in 2005, Canada became the first country outside Europe (and the fourth in the world) to legalize marriage equality. Two years later, on May 22, 2007 in Toronto, Harvey Brownstone, the first openly gay judge in Canada,...

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