And they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not take up sward against nation; they shall never again know war; but every man shall sit under his grapevine or fig tree with no one to disturb him. -Micah 4:3-4
I have tried over the years to avoid pontificating on large-scale national issues, but to keep this diary...Read More
Devin Goldman is a participant in the RAC's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. He is a student at Rutgers University and an intern here at the Religious Action Center.
In the past three weeks of my work and studies in Washington I have witnessed a multitude of public demonstrations and rallies held for a variety of causes such as health care reform,...Read More
Elizabeth Goldstein is a participant in the RAC's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. She is a student at Hampshire College and an intern at Americans for Peace Now.I am loving my internship and my time here on the Machon Kaplan program. I have known for quite some time that this is where I want to be, so I feel merely content, satisfied, and excited to be living out my life goals, but not ecstatic, as none of this is new to me. Last year, I spent the fall semester in southern Israel at a peace-... Read More
Julie Bressler is a participant in the RAC's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. She is a student at Washington University in St. Louis and an intern at the National Education Association.
At our Tuesday night Machon Kaplan class, we were asked to reflect on our first few weeks in Washington. We talked about our internships, our DC explorations, and our lack of sleep. To conclude our discussion, our group leaders told us about Abraham Joshua Heschel's trip to Selma,...Read More
After over 80 rabbis joined together to fast for Sudan on June 18th, they agreed that they wanted to do more to keep the international, and their local, community focused on the humanitarian situation in Darfur.
Together they decided to do a rolling fast, with rabbis and cantors invited each to pick one day between now and Rosh Hashanah to do a one day water-only fast and to alert their communities and elected officials to the ongoing suffering in Darfur. A fast sign-up, resources to write...Read More