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Mixed Feelings Aside, We Pray: Black Lives Matter / My Take on Beha’alotecha

While I don’t think I know a Jew who isn’t opposed to racism and who doesn’t feel a deep connection and moral obligation toward the injustice that African Americans experience, many of us feel deeply conflicted with the movement “Black Lives Matter”. Many of us, myself included, felt deeply hurt by the statements in the political platform of this movement against Israel. There is an article that was published in The Atlantic in 2016 that summarizes several of the responses that the Jewish community then offered. During the last couple of weeks in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder many Rabbis and thinkers have written about their position regarding how to navigate this tension.

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When the Words Of Leah Goldberg Meet Yehudit Ravitz’s Voice, “Selichot- Forgivness” For a Thoughtful Shabbat in Elul

  You came to me, to open my eyes. To me your body was a view, A window and a mirror. You came as night comes to the owl To show him, in the darkness, all things.   And I learned: There’s a name For each eyelash and fingernail, And for every hair on the exposed flesh. And the scent

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Searching for meaning and building the intangible : Parashat Truma

“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them”. (Exodus, 25, 8). Last week I visited Cambodia, I was in Siem reap visiting the temple Angkor Wat, and I couldn’t stop repeating to myself that Pasuk. I was amazed by the incredible construction, each shaped stone reminded me the powerfulness of the historical men’s search

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A Beautiful Poem for Shabbat Yitro by Yehuda Amichai: “My father was a god and did not know it”

My father was a god and did not know it. He gave me The Ten Commandments neither in thunder nor in furry; neither in fire nor in cloud But rather in gentleness and love. And he added caresses and kind words and he added “I beg You,” and “please.” And he sang “keep” and “remember” the Shabbat In a single melody

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