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Tikkun Olam

Hanukkah, Human Rights And The Revelation Of The Hidden

Rabbi Jill Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Jacobs

On the fifth and sixth days of Hanukah, Rabbis for Human Rights will hold its biennial conference. At this conference, rabbis, lay leaders, and Jews of all backgrounds will learn about pressing human rights abuses.

Thanksgiving, Tikkun Olam, And U.S. Jews Breaking The Israel Barrier

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Thanksgiving is itself an act of Tikkun Olam. It celebrates the bridging of fierce differences, the coming together of seeming opposites, the idea that helping people takes precedence over barriers of creed.

Protecting Our Land And Water Means Protecting God's Creation

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

We urge safeguarding our precious public lands and water resources, by having Congress dedicate full funding for the bi-partisan-supported Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

The Jewish Mandate for Advocacy, Service and Repairing the World

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

There is a long way to go to make Jewish service a standard part of the experience for young American Jews. Still, the growth of the field is evidence that the Jewish tradition of giving back to the society in which we live is alive and well.

Judaism and Global Justice: A Conversation with Ruth Messinger

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Jewish sages say that if all the problems of the world were on one side of a scale, and poverty was on the other, poverty would be heavier. That idea guides us.

The Necessity of Jewish Values in the Contemporary World

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Now it seems clear that Judaism has some wisdom that is in short supply, both in the world as well as in America.

Collateral Damage: The Hidden Costs of the Ariel Boycott

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Boycotts focus on arresting the most valuable yet vulnerable freedoms: freedom of thought. Like a cluster bomb, boycotts are not particularly surgical in its strike, instead reeking extensive collateral damage.

10 Plagues Excerpted from Bernie Madoff's Last Seder at Home

Nato Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Nato Green

Recently authorities uncovered a DVD from the attic of imprisoned Ponzi scheme millionaire Bernie Madoff's family mansion in Montauk, Long Island that captures the family's last Seder together.

Meatless Monday: Eating To Let the Healing Begin

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Passover, like Easter, is a spring holiday, marking the season of renewal and rebirth. It's time to rethink our priorities and our traditions. Meat consumption really is a case where less is more.

Memorial for Social Activist Betty Millard (1911-2010)

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Betty Millard of Chicago, a long-time social activist had danced with Zhou Enlai after the Chinese Revolution and then was called to testify as a host...

Seeing Israel as it Is from Afar, but Not Keeping a Distance

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagai El-Ad

Sometime between Israel's first Human Rights March in Tel Aviv and getting falsely arrested in Sheikh Jarrah, I had the pleasure of being one of close to 2,000 participants in the annual Limmud in the UK.

Tikkun Olam -- Choosing Between Two Candidates

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

Ken Salazar, like Mike Miles, believed in "tikkun olam" (Hebrew for "saving the world"), but he also had great marketing. Lesson learned! But what about Bennet and Romanoff?

Searching for a Minyan: Our Response to Being Censored by J Street

Kevin Coval | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kevin Coval

Some right-wing blogs and pseudo-news organizations have churned the alarmist rumor mill about the J Street conference. What is disappointing, and troubling, is J Street's response: caving.

The Hamlet Secret: Joyful Living!

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

Whatever the result, whatever happened, it is all your "fault" (read "responsibility"). By adopting this stance, you become empowered to take on any situation no matter what.

Mayim Bialik's Latest Role: Green Mom

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

We know her as Blossom, that spunky adolescent on that eponymous sitcom. But since the series ended in 1995, Mayim Bialik, now 33, has truly blossomed.

When Being Jewish is Enough

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

In the past several weeks, I've opened my front door to well-dressed people -- men and women, Black and white -- whose sole purpose seemed to be to talk to me about Jesus.

Will A Vow Of Poverty Fill The Void In My Soul?

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

As I approach my fiftieth birthday, I am feeling incomplete. Part of me - my soul? - is still missing. In secular terms, I think I am not yet in tou...

Beyond Thanksgiving -- Feeding the Hungry in New York City

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

In an urban center of extremes where the haves and have-nots are acutely aware of each other, this fall's economic downturn has created a definitive shift.

Our Trash, Our Treasure: Make Every Monday Matter

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Cathleen Falsani

The ideas in the book, Every Monday Matters, are simple -- small acts that collectively add up to an enormous impact for the greater good.