The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
I was listening to a political podcast while running along the beach in Tel Aviv a few weeks ago. The hosts were imploring listeners to do everything possible to save health care. This was the critical time to get involved, to make phone calls, to lobby, to show up. I was thrilled to be leading a congregational trip in Israel, but I felt powerless, unable to get involved in this round of the fight. I felt ashamed that in the United States, a country with such wealth and abundance, our democratically elected representatives sought to pass a bill that would harm the most vulnerable...Read More
Since the establishment of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity led by Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Republicans and Democrats have questioned the commission’s true purpose. Recently Secretary of State Kobach and the commission sent a letter to each state requesting full names of registered voters, date of birth, party registration, voting history, and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers. Upon receiving the letter, only...Read More
On May 30, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a groundbreaking ruling in favor of Ashton Whitaker, the transgender student plaintiff in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District. In a unanimous decision, the court upheld the preliminary injunction, issued by a federal district court in September 2016, that has allowed Ash, a senior at Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to use the boys’ restrooms at school throughout his senior year without...Read More
As the global refugee crisis escalated, fear and misunderstanding of who refugees are inhibited refugee resettlement in the United States. These false perceptions of refugees mask the reality: refugees want to start a new life in a place where they feel safe. Most of them want the same things out of life that we want: to be safe, healthy and happy.
This summer, I have been interning with HIAS, the only Jewish organization solely focused on refugee resettlement and protection, in their community engagement department. HIAS has been around for over 135 years and began by resettling...Read More
When my younger brother was about eleven, he decided he did not believe in God. My mother, being the supportive, inquisitive person that she is said, “Okay, that is fine, but out of curiosity, why don’t you?”
Jacob responded, in the plainest terms, “I cannot see God and you can’t prove that He exists.”
While it is certainly shocking for an eleven-year-old to make such a profound statement about his philosophical view of the world, what is not surprising is his reasoning. Many people share his skepticism of intangible, often inscrutable topics. Mental illness, being one of...Read More