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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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Climate Action: It's Our Obligation

Since January, there have been multiple attempts to withdraw efforts toward environmental conservation and adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Congress has used its power under the Congressional Review Act to challenge regulations adopted under the Obama administration, and recently, President Trump issued an...

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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.

Every 98 seconds, someone in just the United States alone is sexually assaulted. That someone is most likely 12-34 years old, which is the age group most at risk for rape and sexual assault. That someone could be anyone, from a friend to a stranger, a brother or a sister, a human being whose life is now forever changed and violated. That someone was me.

I was 16 years old when I was raped. I was a junior in high school with my whole life...

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