From September 4-7, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its confirmation hearing on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. As explained in the Reform Jewish Movement’s statement of opposition, Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation would threaten to roll back critical social justice advances for which, inspired by our Jewish values, we have fought so hard to achieve. The stakes are high; Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation has the potential...Read More
The shortest portion in the Torah, Parashat Vayeilech (he went) consists of only 30 versus. Beginning with Moses delivering an encouraging message to Israel that even though he is about to die, God will lead them into the Land, eliminating any obstacles in their path. Moses appoints Joshua as their new leader and then writes down the teaching (Torah) and instructs the elders how the text is to be read, making it inclusive, that men, women, children and strangers are to listen to and learn from God’s teaching. This is also when God anticipates that immediately after Moses’ death, the people...Read More
This portion is the final thoughts and urgings of our year: to be mindful that mitzvot and their positive behaviors are not out of reach. We must be ever mindful and respectful of positive behaviors. This portion includes women for the first time in the Torah as an equal player and expresses the hope that all people will reach long life and have prosperity. It makes clear that retribution will happen, if we, individually or as a group, decide to stray from what we know is right and just.
It is also made clear that we can possibly decide to make amends for something we have done...Read More
This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, begins with a vision of the Israelites entering the Promised Land, settling down, and tilling the soil. It envisions bountiful crops, a part of which is to be given as an offering of thanks for the peaceful, prosperous life G-d has granted in this new land of “milk and honey.” The people are commanded to share with those who cannot produce their own sustenance, whether due to their vocation, as in the Levites, or their circumstances, such as strangers, widows, and children.
Here we find the famous passage that begins “My father was a fugitive...Read More
On August 22, 2018, we sent a list of questions to Congress regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
As a Movement rooted deeply in enduring Jewish values and committed to the principles of justice, equality, the rule of law and compassion, we urge members of Congress to make use of these questions during Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing, explore these issues of concern with Judge Kavanaugh if they meet with him, and call for full...Read More