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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 they became migrants, after crossing the Egyptian border and then traveling through the wilderness of Sinai. “These are the journeys…. Moses wrote down their goings forth....”  (Num. 33:1-2). This week, hearing echoes of the Jewish experience of border crossings from the Exodus until today, we became witnesses of immigrant journeys in a wilderness of our own country’s making. We went to the US-Mexico...

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This post originally appeared on National Council of Churches' blog and has been republished here with the author's permission.

An enthusiastic little boy played with blocks and toy cars, laughing with a full-throttled giggle, the kind of laugh that is contagious. He was four years old and had made a long, arduous journey from Honduras.  

This child, along with many others, was the first I noticed as I entered the Humanitarian Respite Center, a Catholic Charities-run facility in McAllen, Texas, led by...

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“Stop lying to women!”

The voices of hundreds of pro-choice advocates rung as I sat at my desk on Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court just outside the window. Each day brings another group of protesters, their voices permeate the glass, sometimes full of glee, sometimes broken.

On any given day protesters gather before the Supreme Court awaiting rulings. This day, we were expecting a ruling on National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra decision. The Court would decide if Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC’s), faith-based “clinics” that claim to provide...

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The author and her grandparents

A few years ago, my grandpa was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. My grandparents hurried to find an assisted living facility, where they could gradually increase the level of care my grandpa received. At first, they were worried about finding a place to live that would be a good fit for them both, being that they are polar opposites. My grandma is a yenta—she’s chatty, nervous, and is constantly getting into other peoples’ business. My grandpa, on the other hand, is quiet, self-assured, and has always kept to himself. We knew that once his health took a turn for the worse, losing his...

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On my second Tuesday in D.C. I was sitting at my desk at the Jewish Federations of North America and facing what had already become my typical afternoon low-energy wall. My task for the afternoon was to contact organizations and ask for their support on the Never Again Education Act (H.R. 5460), which would use private donations to increase Holocaust education for middle- and high-schoolers by connecting teachers with much-needed funding and resources. I knew,...

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