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Tracy Wolf

Hand holding yad and marking place in Torah scroll

I do not typically read through Torah portions in full. If I am interested in learning more about a specific story or portion, I usually turn to the internet for summaries or other brief commentaries of the text and its key messages.

A few weeks ago, though, I challenged myself to sit down and read B’har, the first of the two portions we read from the Torah this week, from start to finish. As I read through the full text line-by-line, I grew frustrated, particularly with this text, which explains the jubilee year:

It is from the nations round about you that you may acquire...

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A few months ago on the RAC blog, I wrote about the campaign to make the historic Stonewall Inn a national monument as a part of the United States National Park Service. On June 24, President Obama designated Stonewall National Monument to honor the LGBT equality movement. Click here to watch the video of the White House announcing the Stonewall National Monument.

The Stonewall Inn is known as the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement: in June 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back against what had become regular and tolerated harassment against gay people by...

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On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case concerning access to abortion. With a 5-3 decision authored by Justice Stephen Breyer, the Court ruled that requirements in a Texas law place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking an abortion and constitute an undue burden on abortion access, violating the constitution. Whole Woman’s Health, which was arguably the most important abortion case on the Court’s docket in over two decades, provided a big victory for the reproductive rights movement.  Click here to read the full...

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Supreme Court Building

On March 16, 2016, President Obama made his third nomination to the Supreme Court, tapping Merrick Garland, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to be the 113th Supreme Court Justice. Today, June 24, marks 100 days since Garland’s nomination, and 100 days that the Senate has gone without taking action on his nomination.

Typically, after the President nominates someone to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the review and confirmation process moves over to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee holds hearings, which explore...

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On June 17, 2015, one year ago today, nine people were killed at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina when a 21-year-old man opened fire in a weekly Bible study. On the anniversary of this tragedy, we are reminded of the persistence of hate, discrimination and gun violence, and how much work remains to be done to create a world in which everyone is treated with respect and compassion. Read NFTY teen leader Micah Feinstein’s reflection that was published last year.

It is oftentimes hard to process such hate and violence in our world....

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