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One of my favorite parts of my family’s Passover seder (aside from the food) are all the questions that are asked throughout the night. I do not only mean those that are written in the haggadah – each year, friends and family ask their own questions about the story of how we obtained our freedom and what it means for us today. This makes each seder unique and challenges us to reinterpret this narrative in light of the challenges and opportunities facing our people and our society in this moment.

This year, Passover provides a compelling moment to discuss our shared pursuit of...

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Soon, we will gather with our families and friends for our annual Passover seder, where we will retell the story of our liberation from slavery. As we read about our ancestors’ enslavement in Egypt, and how they fled so hurriedly they didn’t have time for their bread to rise, we recognize how fortunate we are today. We will comfortably recline to celebrate our freedom, eat our fill, and declare dayeinu (it would have been enough). Each of God’s blessings on their own would have been enough, but we know today that we are blessed abundantly.

Yet we will not simply rejoice in our...

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scrabble pieces spelling pay gap

On April 4, we observe Equal Pay Day to bring awareness to the gap between men’s and women’s wages. The day is a symbolic way to show when, on average, a woman’s earnings would catch up to what a male counterpart earned in the previous year. Last year, full-time working women were paid 80 percent of what men were paid, and for women of color, the wage gap was even greater. Native American women ...

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“We don’t have time. The longer we wait, the more hurricane season we have to go through. We hate to let the island go, but we have to. It is like losing a family member. We know we are going to lose it. We just don’t know when.” These are the words of Albert Naquin, chief of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe. The tribe’s home, the Isle de Jean Charles, located off the coast of Louisiana, has almost entirely eroded away. The tribe was forced to relocate in 2016...

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This blog originally appeared on the WRJ blog.This piece is a part of the RAC Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) blog series. 

Every 98 seconds, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. The U.S. Department of Justice, defines sexual assault as “sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.” This can include attempted rape, forced penetration (rape), unwanted sexual touching, and forcing...

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