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As the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival—a campaign to raise up the enduring and intersecting web of issues that sustain deep inequality in American society— continues into this Pride Month, we are reminded of the importance of highlighting the way in which poverty uniquely affects already marginalized communities.

Specifically, we know that LGBTQ Americans experience poverty at a higher rate than non-LGBTQ Americans. ...

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I grew up in a fairly traditional Jewish family, and I became a Bat Mitzvah at the age of 13. When my synagogue initially told me that I would not be allowed to read from the Torah, I had my first moment of recognition of what I considered injustice. Luckily for me, I had a mother who fought for my right to read Torah—and the rights of other girls becoming a Bat Mitzvah-- and I also had one of my first moments of recognition of a woman in leadership.

This week’s parashah, Sh’lach L’cha, reports on the expedition by designated scouts to investigate the Promised Land. The Jews have...

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On December 12, 2015, the world came together to adopt the Paris Accord. The global community declared its intention to limit the warming of our planet to well below two degrees centigrade and pursue efforts to remain at or below one and a half degrees of warming. Under the Paris Agreement, every country set their own emissions goals and challenged each other to set more ambitious emissions targets to keep warming to a minimum. While the agreement did face some criticism for not creating enforceable and binding emissions targets, and some worry that the current emissions targets countries...

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It’s a season of change for many in our sisterhoods ―transition from school to summer, from existing leadership to new leadership, and from a calendar full of activities to a time when we can slow down and reflect a bit. This transition time offers an opportunity to focus on how we can learn from this week’s Torah portion relative to the way we work together, to learn, to grow, and to strive for harmony and balance in times of change.

 The Torah portion this week is B’haalot’cha in the book of Numbers 8:1–12:16. The parashah covers a lot of ground – telling of light in the...

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Most of this week’s Torah portion, Naso, deals with issues totally foreign to the Jewish people today. It begins with a census of the Levites; the tribe entrusted with the rituals of the tabernacle, our first holy space. Chapter five deals with impurity, betrayal, and adultery. The laws concerning adultery truly grate on us today; it has a misogynistic focus on women and displays the great vulnerability of them in ancient Israel. The seventh and last chapter of the portion discuss gifts for both the Levites and the altar. Naso concludes with Moses communicating with G-d in the “tent of...

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