Category Archives: Human Rights

Psalm 27 ~ a Bridge Between Confidence and Despair

During the Hebrew month of Elul ~ the last cycle of the moon before we enter a new year through the gates of the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe) ~ Jewish practice is to do cheshbon ha’nefesh (a soul accounting). This opportunity is … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to be Free? Responsibility … for the Freedom of Others

This is a crosspost from Faith in Public Life’s 100 Days of Justice (, an initiative which partners with voices from diverse religious, racial, cultural backgrounds and LGTBQ  communities to widely share resources, stories and calls to action at both the national and … Continue reading

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What Being a Jew Means to Me ~ Spiritual Activism and Repose

Just as no emergency room doctor ever hopes for an accident, no clergy person ever hopes for desperate times. And … I cannot help but notice the dramatic uptick in people seeking my spiritual services (both personal and communal) in … Continue reading

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As we Begin Again … How Does Torah Inform Us in the 21st Century?

This post is based on an essay by Joseph Gindi which is the first in a new series from American Jewish World Service (AJWS) entitled  JustThought. This monthly publication will dive deeply into a key issue or question. For their inaugural post, AJWS examines the … Continue reading

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May the Countenance of the Sacred Gaze Upon You and Grant You Peace

Zichrono livracha, we say when we speak of the dead. May their names be for blessing … This has been a week filled with a level of pain and grief and outrage that we can barely begin to process. So filled … Continue reading

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Walking in the Light of God ~ Parshat Bechukotai

The following is an offering from AJWS (American Jewish World Service) authored by Lisa Exler and originally published as part of the AJWS weekly Dvar Tzedek series in May, 2011. Walking—putting one foot after the other—is, for many of us, … Continue reading

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Mariage Equality ~ Sacred Status Blessed for Years by Clergy Now Recognized by the Law of the Land

On behalf of the Little Minyan Kehilla, a congregation that has ALWAYS celebrated the richness of the fabric of humanity and the boundless nature of love, I express great delight in the news from the United States Supreme Court today. … Continue reading

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Opening Our Tents ~ Little Minyan Kehilla’s Passover Plans

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Jewishly Themed Book List for Pride!

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A great reading list is offered through Keshet, Tablet, the Jewish Book Council.  Here are a few links: Jewish Book Council and Tablet.  Happy Reading and Happy Pride Month!!

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Opportunities to Live Torah in Our Midst and Calling Us to Action – Now is the Time!

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The most fundamental foundational principles of Judaism reside in the way we treat others and the work we do in service of justice.  We are taught repeatedly – through Torah and our sages (ancient and modern) – that it is … Continue reading

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