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Holiday Reflections: Yom Kippur

| September 23, 2009

The Holiday: Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement. Taking place on the 10th of Tishrei (the seventh month) in the Hebrew calendar, Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year.  During Yom Kippur, we face God – and ourselves – as we are called to account for our sins during the Read More

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Darfuri Refugees’ Letter to President Obama

| September 22, 2009

Guereda, Eastern Chad Rosh Hashana 2009 As a rabbi I sit here welcoming in the new year with Darfuri refugees, people of great courage, strength and determination. I am here to celebrate the opportunity of a new year, with people who need not just our prayers but also our actions. I have spent the day Read More

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A New Year: Is There Hope For The Darfuri People, For Us?

| September 18, 2009

No one says it…but the uneasy feeling was palpable.  I  could see the questions in their eyes:  Why are you going to spend Rosh Hashanah in Darfuri refugee camps in Eastern Chad?  Why would a rabbi welcome the Jewish New Year in a place where there are no Jews?  Do you really think going will Read More

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Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force – A MAZON Success Story

| September 16, 2009

The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force envisions that in a “state as abundant as Idaho, hunger will not exist“, and works to put public and private resources into action statewide to eliminate hunger and provide food security for all Idahoans. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger understood the challenges and possibilities of ending hunger in Read More

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