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L’hitraot, for Now...

After four years of bringing you a new episode nearly every week, this podcast is taking a little break. Listen to this episode to learn more about our hiatus and where to find us in the meantime.

The Antidote to Kvetching

Most of us today aren’t tasked with wandering through the desert, like the ancient Israelites were... but we still find plenty to kvetch about! What if, instead of focusing on small annoyances, we turned to community-building and togetherness? This episode first aired in May 2018.

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Liberation Is a Journey

Liberation Is a Journey

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg

jstern March 22, 2021

Imagine that you have just been liberated from slavery. After centuries of oppression, you and your people escape, fleeing into the unknown in hopes of a better life. Your oppressors follow you, hoping to return you to slavery, or perhaps

Explaining the Inexplicable with Silence

Explaining the Inexplicable with Silence

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg

jstern March 22, 2021

On the eighth day after the commencement of the consecration of Aaron and his sons as priests, Moses summons his brother and nephews to complete the ritual. Aaron is to present various offerings, after which Moses tells him, “Adonai will

On the Other Hand

Reform Jewish Leader Responds to Guilty Verdict in George Floyd, Jr. Murder Trial

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April 20, 2021

WASHINGTON – In response to the jury’s guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, Jr., Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform movement institutions:

Union for Reform Judaism Responds to Results of Israeli Election

“This week, as Israel held its fourth election in two years, we celebrate Israelis’ commitment to robust political engagement, despite election fatigue and the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. We are, of course, worried that the results indicate further political stalemate, which could lead to yet another election."

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A Jewish Ecovillage Founder on Celebrating Earth Day in Ghana

A Jewish Ecovillage Founder on Celebrating Earth Day in Ghana kbkaput April 19, 2021

Isaac Hirt-Manheimer is the founder of Unity Ecovillage in Ghana, constructed according to eco-friendly principles that he learned while attending the Green Apprenticeship training program at Kibbutz Lotan in Israel.

A Bittersweet Reunion with the Shtisel Family

A Bittersweet Reunion with the Shtisel Family kbkaput April 13, 2021

Sometimes the acting ends in joy and other times the results are devastating. Ultimately, the writers and actors draw us into their stories so that we cannot deny that art can elicit understanding, peace, and even deep love.

RJ Blog Jewish Life

A Jewish Ecovillage Founder on Celebrating Earth Day in Ghana

A Jewish Ecovillage Founder on Celebrating Earth Day in Ghana kbkaput April 19, 2021

Isaac Hirt-Manheimer is the founder of Unity Ecovillage in Ghana, constructed according to eco-friendly principles that he learned while attending the Green Apprenticeship training program at Kibbutz Lotan in Israel.

Announcing the Launch of the Reform Movement's 2021 Racial Justice Campaign: What You Need to Know

Announcing the Launch of the Reform Movement's 2021 Racial Justice Campaign: What You Need to Know kbkaput April 6, 2021

This campaign aims to help dismantle systemic racism by educating, inspiring, and empowering individuals and communities to look inwardly to make communal change and outwardly to win legislative change.

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14 Ways to Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month

14 Ways to Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month kbkaput April 10, 2021

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, established by President George W. Bush in 2006. Learn more about the history of the month… then get to work celebrating it!

The Omer: Finding Hope and Wisdom in the Counting of Time

The Omer: Finding Hope and Wisdom in the Counting of Time kbkaput April 1, 2021

Counting is never more important than between Passover and Shavuot; we call this ritual counting the Omer. Each day we recite a blessing marking that this period of time is meant to be one time of reflection, revelation, and change.

RJ Blog Learning

On Yom HaShoah, Hear the Message of the Saved Remnant

On Yom HaShoah, Hear the Message of the Saved Remnant kbkaput April 7, 2021

My mother’s answer to hate is love. When I asked her what she wishes for herself and for the world, she said, “For myself good health, so I can be good to others. For the world, peace not war. No bad person wins in the end. What did Hitler achieve?”

America Needs a Just and Equitable Immigration Policy: If Not Now, When?

America Needs a Just and Equitable Immigration Policy: If Not Now, When? kbkaput April 6, 2021

It is difficult to imagine anyone not moved by the scenes of children seeking asylum

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A Bittersweet Reunion with the Shtisel Family

A Bittersweet Reunion with the Shtisel Family kbkaput April 13, 2021

Sometimes the acting ends in joy and other times the results are devastating. Ultimately, the writers and actors draw us into their stories so that we cannot deny that art can elicit understanding, peace, and even deep love.

7 Movie Stars Who Have Played Israeli Prime Ministers

7 Movie Stars Who Have Played Israeli Prime Ministers kbkaput April 12, 2021

Just a month after it was announced that the Israeli star Shira Haas would portray Meir in a TV series, The Hollywood Reporter revealed this week that Oscar winner Helen Mirren would portray Israel’s only female prime minister in an upcoming biopic.

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