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The Sage Hillel famously challenges us with the questions, “If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” (Pirkei Avot 1:14). The challenge posed by malaria is an apt reflection issue-wise of these questions, although they become even harder to answer in the context of malaria. This disease, caused a single mosquito bite, is highly deadly and 100% preventable. The urgency to address this global health challenge is even greater when we consider that it impacts some of the world's most vulnerable people. In 2015 alone, 429,000 people...

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Interfaith Rally for Criminal Justice Reform

As Reform Jews from across North America converge on Washington, D.C. for the Consultation on Conscience from April 30 to May 2, we will be learning about and acting to address the most pressing social justice issues our society is facing today. Among those is America’s broken criminal justice system, rife with racial disparities and strained by the high costs of mass incarceration.

At Consultation, we will learn from experts racial justice issues, including the criminal justice system. The Sunday evening...

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This piece is a part of the RAC Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) blog series. The following contains depictions of sexual assault.

 As we commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), it is important to think about and discuss these issues in context of Jewish text and our Jewish values. In Jewish text, there are many examples of sexual assault, including rape, as well as domestic abuse. These narratives highlight the reality that sexual violence has existed throughout history, sometimes paralleling cases we see in society today. While there are multiple instances in...

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Earth

Each year, Earth Day is a time to celebrate the world around us, to appreciate our natural resources, and to connect with nature. This year, Earth Day (April 22) falls on Shabbat, our day of rest, our deep breath between the week that has passed and the week to come. Earth Day Shabbat is the perfect opportunity to host a sustainable Shabbat, to engage in Jewish study with an environmental lens and to celebrate the earth.

Host A Sustainable Shabbat

One powerful way to celebrate Earth Day is to incorporate environmentalism into your daily life, to make an effort to see your...

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This piece is a part of the RAC Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) blog series. 

As I’m a 20-something Jewish woman, I see engagement announcements about as frequently as I hear about them. From the animated foot that stomps on a glass every time I match with someone on JSwipe to the attempts of well-meaning mothers—including my own—to set me up, the Jewish community’s emphasis on marriage is not lost on me. I’m also a staff member at a Jewish organization that works to end sexual violence and domestic abuse. For all of our attention paid to who’s getting married and when, we...

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