We are living in an urgent time. As the plague of gun violence persists, immigrants are under attack, and climate change destroys our planet, the Reform movement’s work of bringing justice, unity, and compassion to the world becomes more necessary.
On March 8, we observe International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Dear Member of Parliament,
We are writing as members of the Reform Jewish community in Canada in gratitude for your committed public service at this time.
Whoever saves one life in Israel [i.e., of a Jew] is as if he had saved an entire world.
– Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:5
Whoever saves one life is as if he had saved an entire world.
Parashat Ki Teitzei includes a rich and varied collection of directives that serve as a partial blueprint for behaviors and norms to create the emerging covenantal culture. As Professor Adele Berlin notes, “Issues pertaining to women are prominent in this parashah. . . .
Though handwashing in the medical realm is relatively modern, handwashing in the religious world is decidedly ancient.
Update: On March 30, federal judges in Alabama, Ohio, and Texas temporarily blocked each state's abortion bans. On March 31, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on the ruling in Texas, allowing Texas' abortion ban to go back into effect. We urge each governor to rescind