I chose to spend the last day of summer before seventh grade participating in the 2019 Sacramento Lobby Day with the California Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-CA).
When 17 people were killed in a shooting at our school, we were devastated by the deaths of our friends and teachers, and we wanted – no, needed – to take action. Here's how our Jewish values continue to guide and inform that work.
On February 13, 2018, I turned 18. For the first time in my life, I had the right to show up at the ballot box, to raise my voice, and to cast my vote.
In a nondescript building in the north of Israel, 150 people are striving to create societal transformation as part of a burgeoning “urban kibbutz” movement.
Recuperating from a broken ankle this summer, I had time to catch up on my binge streaming. One of my current favorites is the popular Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, which began streaming its seventh and final season on July 26.
Critiquing Israel was not something I ever felt was appropriate for me to do, but there had to be more to the story than I knew. I needed to learn the facts about Israel.
Each year on Sukkot, we read these famous words of Ecclesiastes (Kohelet): “A season is set for everything, a time for every experience under heaven. …a time for tearing down and a time for building up.” (Kohelet 3:1,3). To speak of building during a holiday dedicated to erecting a temporary structure seems fitting. And yet, the order the ideas in this verse is at odds with our Sukkot experience. Surely, “a time for building up and a time for tearing down” would align more closely with sequence of the holiday. So why this order? And what exactly are “we tearing down and building up”?