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Steven Windmueller

This article was originally published on jewishjournal.com

Tisha b’Av is a frame of reference, recalling moments of Jewish destruction and despair. There are rhythms to those seasons in which we mourn our collective as well as personal losses. The feeling tones of how we confront life and death were introduced in both our liturgy and Jewish texts. Our rabbis provided us with a language to mourn as well as to reflect.

Just as these days set aside in the Jewish...

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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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Homes Instead sign

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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