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Light Up The Night: Hanukkah Wisdom And 8 Organizations That Shine Light In The Darkness

Eitan Press | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Eitan Press

We are living in times of darkness, where change seems impossible. But there are small groups of people who are working to make a difference.

'Truth And Just Peace': Constructing A New Kavvanah For Tisha B’Av

Jason Strauss | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
Jason Strauss

We fast on Tisha B'Av because we still have not improved; we still have not strived to our fullest capacity to achieve real equity and justice. There is so much that needs to be done for the poor in our own neighborhoods, both within the Jewish community and without.

Cries In The Night: Human Trafficking And Tisha B'av

Ari Hart | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Ari Hart

Today, this nightmare persists for millions of human beings around the world. There are an estimated 30 million slaves in the world, perhaps more than at any other point in history.

In The Beginning There Was Not: A Tisha B'Av Reflection

Joshua Schwartz | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Joshua Schwartz

On Tisha B'Av, we are left with ruins, the emptiness remains. We are left with what was, with the past as such. But what is a ruin?

A Passover Song About ... The Food System? Dayenu!

Ari Hart | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Ari Hart

How many of us have complained about food that was healthy, sustaining and plentiful, but didn't meet our sensual desires? How many of us have exclaimed "I'm starving!" after eating a meal just a few hours ago?

The Con In Consumerism: A Purim Quest Into Ourselves

Amanda Gelb | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Amanda Gelb

When do we cross the line into materialism or even gluttony? When does having more cease to add appreciably to human satisfaction? Let us cultivate a deeper awareness of our personal measures of success, and celebrate them together.

Charity And Compassion: A Purim Lesson In Giving

Gavriel Brown | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
Gavriel Brown

One of the major mitzvot of Purim is giving gifts to the poor. We must respond to poverty through solidarity, identification, understanding and kindheartedness. But never through shame.

Seriously Celebrating

Joshua Schwartz | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
Joshua Schwartz

Taking Purim seriously is the commitment to take the contours of our lives seriously, even its extremes, perhaps especially in such cases.

Is Prison Reform A Jewish Issue?

Ari Hart | Posted 01.18.2012 | Religion
Ari Hart

On Rikers Island, where some 14,000 inmates await their trials, I prayed, ate and slept over during Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat as the rabbi of a community of 60 or so Jewish inmates.

Confronting The Oppression Of Our Hands: A Social Justice Reflection For Yom Kippur

Ari Hart | Posted 12.06.2011 | Religion
Ari Hart

The painful truth? Your hands, my hands and the hands of everyone else we know are tools of oppression. They directly and indirectly cause suffering in the lives of God's creation -- human, animal and more.

Food Justice At Your Seder Table

Ari Hart | Posted 06.18.2011 | Religion
Ari Hart

May we all use this time of Passover to make transformations, big or small, in our food system, our communities and our selves.

Muslims And Jews: Serving Together

Ari Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ari Hart

By working on service projects together, we demystify each other and open up space for dialogue. It's an opportunity for people to come together around a shared, positive goal.

Jews Ready To Roll Out New 'Ethical Kosher' Seals

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service NEW YORK (RNS) What does it really mean for your Hebrew National hot dog to "answer to a higher authority?"...