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Vigil

Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein of Temple Israel-Memphis made these remarks at "Moms Demand Action", a vigil at The Church of the River in downtown Memphis on August 7, 2019. 

In every nation and city on the planet, there are people suffering from invisible illnesses like mental illness. But no country in the world - not even South Korea or Japan where violent video games are made - no nation in the world - has the gun carnage we have in America.

The combustible combination of guns and hate in recent years is wreaking havoc on the fabric of our humanity. As a representative of...

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Over the weekend, news broke that Homestead, the largest detention center for immigrant children and youth, had closed. At its height, Homestead held over 3,000 young people in prison-like conditions with inadequate access to education, health care, and legal services. Though intended to be a temporary, emergency influx shelter, Homestead was holding children indefinitely.

The RAC and Reform...

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Tisha B'av Rallies

This weekend in over 36 locations across the country, Jews will gather on Tisha B’Av, a traditional Jewish day of mourning, to lament the state of immigration in our country. We grieve the destruction of families and childhoods through family separation, detention, and deportation. And we are aghast at the destruction of rights and values as the government endangers and deports immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.

And as we mourn, we come together to take action. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism...

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  I will not mince words: the violence we witnessed this weekend is sickening. Twenty-nine people were killed in separate mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH—not to mention the 47 injured and four killed by guns in Chicago, and the countless more who didn’t make headlines across the United States.  


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On Tisha B’Av, the day when Jewish communities mourn the destruction of the Temple and other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, those reading the book of Lamentations cry out, “Renew our days as of old.” For some, this is a more literal plea for the rebuilding of the Temple, and for others, the call serves as a plea for spiritual renewal.

As an American, I can’t help but think of much of the contemporary rhetoric around immigration when I hear a call for a return to days of old. Many Democrats...

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