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July 2018


Photo from the US-Mexico border in Laredo, TX

In this week’s parasha, Matot-Masei, we learn that Moses kept a journal of the goings forth of the Israelites as t

Rabbi Dena Feingold and Abigail Backer

But this is America. This is the same America that took the children of enslaved African Americans and sold them, often as a means of punishment or as a way to control the behavior of those who resisted the system.  This is the same America that took First American children from their parents and placed them in boarding schools and stripped them of their native language and culture. This is the same America that placed Japanese American children in cages during World War II. And this America is now taking brown babies and children from South America and Central America from their parents.  Diminishing the humanity and dignity of people of color is very American, and children are not exempt from these cruel acts of racism. This is America! This is us!

Rev. Aundreia Alexander
The author and her grandparents

A few years ago, my grandpa was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Abby Kamen

Monday, June 25th, 1:00 AM

My alarm disrupts the silence, and in my sleepy, disoriented stupor I think it must be a mistake.

CJ Wechsler
Poor People's Campaign morning Shabbat service

One Saturday morning, a group of social justice-oriented college interns woke up early with a purpose. We woke up with a purpose to pray, to rally, to march, and to fight poverty, not the poor.

Rachel Dovek
Image of a globe, zoomed in on the United States

This post is adapted from a sermon given at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Rabbi Fred N. Reiner