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 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.
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.
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.
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.