Climate change has finally had some time in the spotlight. In the first six months of the 116th Congress, the House of Representatives has held dozens of hearings on climate-related issues. Legislation has been introduced from both sides of the aisle that...
Aaron Torop (he/him), a first-year rabbinic student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, most recently served as a Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC) in Washington, D. C. He is a former member of the NFTY-STR Regional Board and an alumnus of URJ Camp Coleman, where he was a camper, counselor, and unit head.
In biblical Judaism, every seventh year was considered a shmita year. During this year, crops would not be planted, debts were forgiven, slaves were freed, and every 49th year land ownership was relinquished. In modern times, we understand shmita as a release.
The U.S. Just Withdrew from an Important Nuclear Treaty. What Does it Mean, and Why Should Jews Care?
This year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Tu Bishvat (the Jewish "New Year of the Trees") both occur on January 21, 2019, and the 15th of Shvat 5779.