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Rabbi Lucy Dinner

Rabbi Lucy Dinner on stage at the Poor People's Campaign on the National Mall

This post is adapted from remarks offered by Rabbi Lucy Dinner at the Poor People's Campaign day of action in D.C. on Monday, June 11. Video of her remarks is available on Facebook. 

My heritage teaches that we have an obligation to support and fortify one another. 

The book of Leviticus instructs, "If your neighbor becomes poor … then you shall strengthen him, be he a stranger or a settler, he shall live with you.” (Leviticus 25:35). 

The commentator Rashi teaches: “This can be compared to a burden on a donkey: While it is still on the donkey, one [person] may grab...

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Globe supported by hands

In literature as in life, liminality represents the state of being “in between,” altered by what has come before and in anticipation of what is yet to come. We find ourselves in such a liminal moment in the Jewish calendar: the celebration of our Exodus from Egypt is weeks behind us and Shavuot, that moment we mark the covenant at Sinai, is still weeks away. This, however, is a moment of opportunity and possibility.

At Passover, we celebrate the breaking free from the yoke of oppression. We mark our freedom from the dictatorship of Pharaoh, the freedom from Egyptian slave masters,...

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