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We've been hard at work lately getting the latest information about the Consultation on Conscience coming next month for you, dear readers.

Today we can confirm that David Axelrod will address this year's Consultation on Conscience. Mr. Axelrod, a key member of President Obama's Administration and his historic campaign, will address this key community event next month. 

Talking Jewish values and public policy, there is no doubt Mr. Axelrod will offer insight to the priorities of the Administration and the manner in which they will pursue those priorities. 

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March Madness? Indeed! Washington is buzzing with speculation about the speaker lineup at the 2009 Consultation on Conscience. It's THE place to be next month - especially for Jewish social justice activists! RACBlog has the inside scoop on the Consultation's scheduled speakers - so be sure to watch this space for the latest updates. Today's big news is the confirmed attendance of Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow! Senator Stabenow is the Chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and a key member of the Senate leadership team.

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by Natalie Seltzer As Passover approaches, so does that age-old question: "What are we going to do with all of this left-over matzo?" Little do most people suspect that matzo can be exciting, tasty, and infinite, a truth I discovered when I found out I had an allergy to yeast. I started cooking and eating matzo year-round and discovered that matzo answered many of my cooking and eating dilemmas. Hence, my newly-launched blog that takes matzo to a new level, Matzo Outside the Box. As my alter-ego Bernie and I have learned, Matzo easily replaces traditional... Read More

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

We will dress you in a dress of cement and mortar; We will spread for you carpets of gardens; On the soil of your redeemed fields The grain will sing out like bells.

Through the desert we will carve a road; The swamps - we'll dry them all up. What more we can give you, we will, What haven't we given that we still can give? -Nathan Alterman, from "Morning Song" 1934

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

Once there was a man who was clearing stones from his field and throwing them into the public domain. A pious one kept nagging him: "Why are you clearing stones from what is not yours and throwing them into your own space?" The man ignored him. Later, he sold that field, and was walking past it and tripped on the stones. He said, "Now I understand what that guy meant with his nonsense... Read More

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