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Pride Month, which occurs during June each year, is a time to lift up the voices of those who champion the LGBTQ identities, listening to their stories and working in coalition to create a world of greater equality and inclusion. During this Pride Month, we are featuring guest blogs by Reform Jews who are members of the LGBTQ communities.

It’s the middle of June so most of the LGBTQ people I know are talking about their Pride plans: which cities, which events, which parties, which outfits, and inevitably which bad dates we’ll be awkwardly running into. After coming out in my first...

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children in classroom

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a comprehensive provision of federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal funding. The law initially garnered publicity for its applicability to gender equity in school sports, as it requires that men and women have equal opportunities to participate in...

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Health Care is a human right

The next two weeks could determine the future of the American health care system for decades. Some members of the Senate are aiming to vote on a health care bill similar to the American Health Care Act, the House-passed repeal of the Affordable Care Act, by next Friday, June 30. The...

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First, some Jewish background. It is not surprising that Judaism provides a vision, not a detailed set of specifications, on health care. From one perspective, Leviticus 19:16 states, “You shall not stand idly by while your friend’s blood is being shed”. At the same time, the Talmud states: “if I jump into a river to save someone and lose my shirt, then I can subsequently charge them for my losses incurred through the act of kindness.”

As an internist in a practice serving primarily low income...

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Picture of memorial for people stabbed in Portland hate crime

On May 26, 2017, hatred manifested itself in its most brutal form. During a train ride in Portland, Oregon, a known white supremacist began an anti-Muslim tirade against two girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. When brave upstanders stepped in to protect the victims of the attack and deescalate the situation, the aggressor reacted violently, viciously stabbing the three people who intervened....

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