The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Tensions have long persisted between China’s government and the Uighur Muslim population concentrated in China’s western Xinjiang region. Uighur Muslims are ethnically Turkic, practice Islam, and have close cultural ties to Central Asia. While Uighurs are an ethnic and religious minority relative to the Han Chinese majority population, there are roughly 10 million Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province. Despite poor job prospects in the region, the Chinese government has encouraged Han...Read More
Despite having been banned by the NCAA in 2007, the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign’s former mascot, “Chief Illiniwek,” still held significant relevance when I moved to campus four years later. While the university had agreed to separate itself from the offensive affiliation, its students had made no such promise. Every sporting event still featured an “unofficial” chief on its sidelines, and many students continued to buy and wear sports paraphernalia...Read More
One of my favorite aspects of Shabbat is the opportunity to pray for all those in need of healing. The Mi Shebeirach prayer is our community’s way to ask for strength in the face of adversity. But the Mi Shebeirach is not the end of our duty to the sick. We are also tasked with performing Bikur Cholim, or visiting the sick. Bringing soup to someone who is sick, or even just calling to say hello, are important steps for strengthening our community. The connection between the Mi Shebeirach and...Read More
The Zika virus is not only an officially-declared Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization, it is very specifically an issue of reproductive health.
Zika spreads to humans through the bites of virus-carrying mosquitos and can be transmitted from person to person through sex, even if the...Read More
The Jewish Holiday season is in full swing. We have celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the day of repentence, and now we are rounding the corner to Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Jewish tradition asks us for introspection and reflection during this season. It asks us to practice a deep grounding within ourselves, our communities and our earth. It asks us for intentionality as we reflect on Rosh Hashanah, repent on Yom Kippur and celebrate on Sukkot.
Sukkot, the harvest holiday that takes place on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei, marks the end of the end...Read More