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

For now the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The blossoms have appeared in the land, the time of pruning has come; The song of the turtledove is heard in our land. The green figs form on the fig tree, the vines in blossom give off fragrance...-Song of Songs 2:12-13

It may be complicated, but it works: the Jewish solar-lunar calendar once again has put Pesach right where it belongs, and when we chanted Song of...

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Andrew Sullivan, blogger for The Atlantic, has been relentless in advocating for the prosecution of government officials who sanctioned the torture of detainees during the previous administration, a position the Obama Administration has resisted. Torture opponents seeking to defend human dignity cannot rest now that the Administration has ended the use of torture via executive order. In order to prevent a relapse by a future administration, we need to advocate for a truth commission or investigation that will bring the crimes to light. Torture supporters and apologists who want to prevent...

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By now, I hope you are all aware of the recent victories in Iowa and Vermont. Not many saw the strong judicial victory in Iowa coming and Vermont was the first state to achieve marriage equality through legislative action. However, we don't have to stop there! Today in Maine, the governor signed a...

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On Tuesday afternoon, I headed over to Capitol Hill to meet in the office of Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) to join a meeting with two religious peacemakers, Rabbi Menachem Froman, and Sheikh Ghassan Manasra.

Both men defy stereotypes;

Rabbi Froman is an Orthodox rabbi who makes his home on the West Bank settlement of Tekoa (home of the prophet Amos, who railed against the Israelites for their pride and arrogance), but he has close ties to Palestinians, including Hamas. He has...

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

Our hope is not lost, the hope of two thousand yearsTo be a free people in our land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem.-Hatikvah, Israeli national anthem

This year's observance of Yom Ha'atzma'ut was particularly interesting and thought-provoking for me; here are some hightlights:

At mid-day on Tuesday, Memorial Day, almost the entire population of Shorashim, a few hundred people...

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