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A Reading For Your Passover Seder


Had 18 college students been gunned down at the University of Texas in Austin (1966) but not 32 at Virginia Tech (2007)…dayeinu. It should have been enough.

Had 49 been killed and 58 wounded at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando (2016) but not 58 killed and nearly 500 wounded at a Las Vegas concert (2017)…dayeinu. It should have been enough.

Had 12 been killed and 58 wounded at a movie theatre in Aurora Colorado (2012) but not 9 killed at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon (2015)…dayeinu. It should have been...

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The parashah for this week is Tzav from Leviticus 6:1-8:36. It deals with the conclusion of the extensive instructions about sacrifices that began in Leviticus 1:2 and the priests’ ordination. The interesting part about the sacrifices is that this was the only religion at this time that explained how everything was done and allowed it to be public knowledge. In other religions, the ritual secrets were only known by a few who were invested. After the destruction of Jerusalem’s Temple, the rabbis replaced the sacrificial system in two ways. The first being that one can commune with G-d...

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Person at a seder table reading haggadah; glass of wine in foreground

During Passover, Jews across the world celebrate and commemorate our ancestors’ historic journey from bondage to freedom. We retell the story of Exodus at seders, a ritual that calls us to consider our history in a tangible, physical sense, bringing the Biblical tale of the struggle for liberation into the present day. 

“Standing on the parted shores, we still believe what we were taught before ever we stood at Sinai’s foot; that wherever we go, it is eternally Egypt; that there is a better place, a promised land; that the winding way to that promise passes through the wilderness. That...

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Parashat Vayikra, which in Hebrew means “and [God] called,” from the third book of the Torah, Leviticus, begins with obligations given to Moses by [God]: “The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting saying: Speak to the Israelite people…” (Leviticus 1:1).

The parashah continues with a description of the different kinds of living animal sacrifices. Sacrificial animals include small animals with feathers and large animals with horns. Moses was instructed that these animals were to be offered in the sanctuary by individuals or by the community. God then explains...

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On Monday, February 26, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Many are deeming Janus to be the most important labor case in recent memory. Why is it so significant?

Background: Abood v. Detroit Board of Education The decision in Janus could change the way that unions work, and specifically how they collect money from the employees they represent. The...

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