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Economic Justice

Judaism teaches that helping fellow human beings in need, tzedakah, is not simply a matter of charity, but of responsibility, righteousness, and justice.

Economic Justice

Latest News from RACBlog: Economic Justice

Latest News from RACBlog: Economic Justice

Counting Towards Economic Justice
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Sincethe second day of Passover, Jews have been participating in the ritual of counting the Omer. As we count the Omer, we look forward to the celebration of receiving the Torah at Sinai and the joyous celebrations of harvest and springtime. . In Leviticus (23:15-22), Shavuot is linked with the commandments of pei-ah (leaving crops at […]

Continuing the Momentum to Raise The Wage
Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2015

On Tuesday, the country’s second largest city, Los Angeles, voted to raise its minimum wage from its current wage of $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2020. This raise will impact over 40% of the city’s workforce, which is currently earning less than $15 an hour. This increase passed with a vote of […]

The Sustenance of Education
Posted on Monday May 18, 2015

As Memorial Day approaches, we are also coming closer to Shavuot, or the Festival of Weeks, when we celebrate the giving of the Torah at Sinai. On Shavuot, it is customary to have sweet dairy foods, like cheesecake and blintzes, in honor of the sweetness of milk and honey, akin to the sweetness of celebrating […]

Beyond Cheesecake: Social Justice on Shavuot
Posted on Thursday May 14, 2015

Over Memorial Day Weekend, Americans will be honoring the lives of those lost in service to their country. This weekend is also known as the celebration of the symbolic beginning of summer (often with barbecues and white pants, sometimes a dangerous combination). And, coinciding with Memorial Day Weekend this year is the Jewish holiday of […]

Raising the federal minimum wage to keep pace with the cost of living will help more working Americans break free from the cycle of poverty. 

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For more information on this issue, contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Melanie Fineman at (202) 387-2800.