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Freedom on my mind

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Passover’s coming, and I’ve got freedom on my mind. Take a look at this–the Justice Mapping Center is among the most transfixing and sobering visual projects I’ve seen. In their words, they create “mapping studies of criminal justice population concentrations, including adults and juveniles going in and out of prison and jail…” Just glance at […]

Parsha Vayikra

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This week Hashem moves into the Hebrew camp, (Surprise, surprise, She gets the best tent.) Even before settling into Her incense-clouded abode, She delivers the first in a series of orders, pronouncements and threats that will continue throughout the rest of the Torah, and the long after Moses’ death. This parsha also marks the beginning […]

I don’t know about you, but reading MuzzleWatch is just beautiful. Beautiful you might ask? Beautiful because they’ve filled a gap long needed, and offered a place long needed (at least on the Jewish blogosphere map) for people to feel less alone amidst the onslaught many have known for speaking out. With timely and running […]

Thank You Bob! Since it’s a TimeSelect piece, I’m pasting the whole article below. Indentured Servants in America By Bob Herbert New York Times March 13, 2007 A must-read for anyone who favors an expansion of guest worker programs in the U.S. is a stunning new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center that details […]

Can guns stop a genocide?

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What’s not to like about anti-genocide movements? Prof. Mahmood Mamdani of Columbia University believes that sending troops into Darfur will interrupt the peace process and spread violence to the east and south, and he criticizes the Save Darfur movement for emphasizing military intervention. He thinks it is better to support the political peace process. Mamdani […]

This week’s parsha is a double portion that finishes the book of Exodus (Shemot.) Most of it tells the story Bezalel and Oholiab, the two Hebrews in charge of building the tabernacle (Mishkan.) We read of all the ritual objects created for the Mishkan and of the structure itself, which was the early model for […]

This week Moses’ relationship with his girlfriend G*d settles in to become downright domestic. After the golden calf unpleasantness She virtually disowns the Hebrews. But then, because Moses has her number, she relents and agrees not only to let the Hebrews live but also to accompany them to Canaan. Finally, as an extra treat just […]

My cash this week goes to…

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Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has produced this statement: “Ann Coulter’s use of an anti-gay slur yesterday was un-American and indefensible. In America, we strive for equality and embrace diversity. The kind of hateful language she used has no place in political debate or our society at large. I believe it is our moral responsibility […]

This week both YHWH and Versace are thinking priestly fashion. Moses and YHWH are still huddled within the cloud-topped Mount Sinai. Having spent last week laying out in precise detail, the structure She wants built, now She is waxing very specific about the attire of the cult priests who will supervise the bloody sacrifices She […]

Parashat Terumah The Gift of Safe Space by Y. Gavriel A. Levi Ansara on Saturday February 24, 2007 6 Adar 5767 Exodus 25:1 – 27:19,Shabbat Parashat Terumah opens with G-d speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai and commanding him in meticulous detail regarding the construction of the Mishkan, or “tabernacle,â€? the portable dwelling place of […]


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