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"...Dear President Trump, My Tradition encourages me to pray for our appointed and elected government leaders. You are indeed the President of our United States. You were elected by the system, which has elected presidents since our inception as a Nation. The success of your work would be a good thing for my family, people and me. I will not participate in denying your legitimacy as our president because I have abhorred the actions of those who have done so to President Obama the past eight years.
"...I must march. I am a woman in a male-dominated profession. I have been sneered at, grabbed, and sexually harassed. I have been ignored, belittled, and undervalued. I will march to show that none of this will stop me. I hope to join thousands of women who feel the same way, thousands who will raise their voices to be heard. Who will not settle for being treated as second class citizens in this great country of ours...."
"I have always viewed Mother Nature as being synonymous with happiness. It is literally the center of all things ‘Life.’ If you took five minutes right now to step outside and be one with nature, you would experience thousands of things all at once: the subtlety of the earth breathing, the wind blowing onto your face, the sunshine warming your body, the birds tittering in your ears. It's all there, whether we notice it or not.
"A strange thing happened in the wake of the election, and is intensifying now that the inauguration is next week.
People want to be together in new and powerful ways...."
By Rabbi Seth Goldstein, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
"A strange thing happened in the wake of the election, and is intensifying now that the inauguration is next week. People want to be together in new and powerful ways. For all of the talk of division and schism in this country, there also is a galvanizing and unifying force that is bringing people together to work for social change in a way that feels somewhat unprecedented.
"...technology is not going to stop people's need for community or meaning. What will change is how people find them and how we navigate the relationship between our essential humanity and our ever-changing technology....’"
"...Right now more than ever, I want to say something profound and earth shattering. I want to have the answer to all of the ills, all of the sad, all of the pain. I want to say something that changes people’s lives. Every sermon I write, especially when talking about the brokenness in the world, I come to the same conclusion: The world, society, our country and so on, would be better if each person would go out and encounter ‘the other’ whoever that is for you. It feels so touchy-feely, kumbaya-y.
"Empathy and compassion go hand-in-hand, right? It’s a given that the best way to care about other people is to walk in their shoes and to see how they feel.
"...the Maccabean miracle was not purely supernatural. After all, they fought their foes, cleaned up their sanctuary, hastened to produce more oil, and maintained faith. Part of the miracle of Chanukah is its empowerment of us as consequential agents in our own survival, agents of social justice, and in maintaining God’s light. Just as God never stops flowing toward us, humankind has always and will always partner with God in maintaining that wonder...."
"The holiday of Hanukkah should be a fraught one for American Jews. Most of us know it as a gift-giving holiday, oriented towards our children, and we like to focus on its religious aspect as a holiday of religious freedom. And it is those things. But it is also other things, darker, and bloody. Because it is also a story of the Jewish people divided: preferring assimilation to Jewish practice, and some assimilating to an extent that they rejected circumcision and participated in idol worship.