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Fwd: from Josh Buchin, CNS Rabbinic Intern: "On the loss of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-ad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach"

a note from Josh Buchin, CNS Rabbinic Intern
On the loss of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-ad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach
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It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that the bodies of Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were found north of Hebron in the West Bank.This is not a political note. This is a human note. I am writing because three innocent children were killed, and our world, our community, the prospect of peace, now all seem less hopeful. We are human beings and we should mourn and mark the loss of other human beings, always, but especially when the circumstances are as tragic and unwarranted as these.  Only 48 hours ago, over Shabbat, we recited a prayer written by Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum wherein we wept: God of Israel,Beneficent sovereign of all Creation,enable us now to have true faithand to pray and to…

On Seeking God

On Seeking God
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor Egalitarianism must become an “inescapable horizon” in the progressive halachic Jewish world, not because it stands alone within the halacha, but because it embodies an expression of our highest value: ‘YiratShamayim.’ Typically translated as ‘Fear of Heaven’ in the context of confronting a situation with seriousness and integrity, YiratShamayim should be experienced as a charge to the human community that wishes to stand in awe of God – not to sit down and wait for a Divine voice, but to actively seek the Awe of God. This is a rejection of the “lo bashamayim hi” approach to halachah that ultimately creates a human legal system which excludes God’s voice. Conservative Judaism and all its close cousins are called to exercise a holy perogative with prudence and integrity. God’s will might be, as Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (and Kevin Smith in “Dogma”) suggested, what holy people say it is. But that needs to be reversible as well.  WE must make sure we …

A Moment of Radical Normalcy

A Moment of Radical Normalcy
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor I stood on my porch,
set to embark on
pilgrimage to Israel,
when a family
from my neighborhood walked by.Their hijabs made me pause. What if they and I
could be loving neighbors
not only here, 
but in our lands of promise? As I wondered, 
one of them called out,
"Shalom, "
to which I replied:
"a salaam aleikum."The children
who are my neighbors
peeked over my fence, 
asking their mothers,
"who wished us peace?" My heart broke with
one simple truth:
I do.----
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Army of angels needed to right tax, poverty woes

Army of angels needed to right tax, poverty woes Rabbi Menachem Creditor 10:27 p.m. EDT June 19, 2014
http://www.thedailyjournal.com/story/opinion/2014/06/19/army-angels-needed-right-tax-poverty-woes/11029855/

(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto ) Here are two related statistics, both of which may surprise you:• More than 1.2 billion people around the world live in extreme poverty.• Every year, poor countries lose more money to tax avoidance than they receive in aid.Here is something that should shock a citizen of the United States just as much: Current U.S. law enables this economic inequality.I recently returned from Washington, D.C., where I joined the interfaith, bipartisan anti-poverty group Jubilee USA and other faith leaders and small-business owners from across the country to encourage our elected officials to reform the tax system and protect the most vulnerable among us. Perhaps what surprised me most was that even legislative allies in the efforts…

Save the Date: "Overwhelmed by Argument" with Josh Kornbluth

Overwhelmed by Argument: The Conversation I Want to Have NowConvened by Josh Kornbluth2 evenings: Wednesday Aug. 13 & 20th, 7:30pm-9pmCongregation Netivot Shalom, BerkeleyClass fee: $20 (no one turned away for lack of funds)Registration is required – please registerwith Daniel at office@netivotshalom.org.We care, and because we care, we despair. Will there be any outcome for Israelis and Palestinians, for Israel and Palestine, in which both Peoples are acknowledged and respected? Where one group's national aspirations are not deemed unworthy? This is the conversation Josh wants to have, the conversation we believe we need. We need is as Jews. We need it as people. We need it as one People among many Peoples. Will there ever be a solution? We don't know. We worry. Everyone suffers when some suffer. And so someone who cares is convening a loving, respectful conversation with a very clear mandate: More hope, More dignity, More love.Here are the rules for the c…

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I fight for my daughter differently than I fight for my neighbor. #BringBackOurBoys

Fwd: A Post-Shabbat Reflection, incorporating #BringBackOurBoys and a beautiful Shabbat

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A Post-Shabbat Reflection, Incorporating #BringBackOurBoys and a beautiful Shabbat at Netivot Shalom
Sivan 17, 5774June 14, 2014An amazing CNS Shabbat: Great davening and Torah, celebrating an aufrauf of two precious souls, marking a sweet young person becoming bar mitzvah, hosting the HIAS Country Director in Uganda to learn about how we, as a Shul, can participate in refugee resettlement, and standing together praying for

A Post-Shabbat Reflection, incorporating #BringBackOurBoys and a beautiful Shabbat

An amazing CNS Shabbat: Great davening and Torah, celebrating an aufrauf of two precious souls, marking a sweet young person becoming bar mitzvah, hosting the HIAS Country Director in Uganda to learn about how we, as a Shul, can participate in refugee resettlement, and standing together praying for three kidnapped Jewish boys to be redeemed from captivity. It felt like the five years we prayed every Shabbat for Gilad Shalit were back, and the pain was and is just so deep.  
We are a special kind of shul whose members support New Israel Fund, AIPAC, J Street, Rabbis for Human Rights, FIDF, and others. But today we all left our politics behind and just held our boys in our hearts and wept as part of the larger Jewish family. All this is what makes our community so amazing.
I knew, when I plugged back in, after Havdalah, that I'd see some continued anti-Israel comments on my social media platforms. But the magnitude, volume, and tenor was a harsh reminder t…

From Rabbi Ari Leubitz: Your prayers are needed. #BringBackOurBoys

Forwarded from Rabbi Ari Leubitz, Head of School of the Oakland Hebrew Day School

Dear Community,
As many of you have likely heard, three students of Makor Chaim Yeshiva went missing Thursday night in Gush Etzion. Their disappearance is being treated by the Shin Bet and the IDF as a kidnapping by terrorists, and a massive manhunt in now underway. Please consider saying a prayer (tehillim) for their welfare and safe return. 
Their names are:Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devora - יעקב נפתלי בן רחל Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim - גילעד מיכאל בן בת גליםEyal ben Iris Teshurah - אייל בן איריס תשורה

אַחֵֽינוּ כָּל בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל, הַנְּתוּנִים בְּצָרָה וּבַשִּׁבְיָה, הָעוֹמְדִים בֵּיןבַּיָּם וּבֵין בַּיַבָּשָׁה, הַמָּקוֹם יְרַחֵם עֲלֵיהֶם, וְיוֹצִיאֵם מִצָּרָה לִרְוָחָה,וּמֵאֲפֵלָה לְאוֹרָה, וּמִשִּׁעְבּוּד לִגְאֻלָּה, הַשְׁתָּא בַּעֲגָלָא וּבִזְמַן קָרִיב,We pray for our brothers of the whole House of Israel, who are placed in distress or captivity, on sea or dry  land. May the Omnipresent be mercif…

Welcome Rochelle Nason, our New Executive Director!

Welcome Rochelle Nason,
our New Executive Director!
Dear Chevre, I am thrilled to announce that after a rigorous search and interview process, Congregation Netivot Shalom has found our new Executive Director. Please welcome Rochelle Nason! Rochelle brings immense professional skills, fabulous energy, and new ideas that will help us to grow and maximize the potential of the Netivot Shalom community. Rochelle's first day will be Monday, June 16. I urge everyone to stop by her office and day hello!As with any transition, there will be some bumps. I ask everyone's patience as Rochelle comes up to speed and the professional staff finds its rhythm.I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire Executive Director Search Committee. We could not have gotten to this point without the integrity, hard work, and tenacity of Jenni Mangel, Mark Priven, Lisa Rappaport, Michal Longfelder, Debby Graudenz, David Radwin, and Howie Miller. The search committee helped to create a process that was…

Two New Adult Classes with CNS Rabbinic Intern Josh Buchin!

Quick LinksCNS Website! Make a Gift to CNS! CNS Online Calendar! CNS Blog! CNS Preschool! Rabbi Creditor's Blog! Join Our ListTwo New Adult Classes withCNS Rabbinic Intern Josh Buchin!PURSUE JUSTICE with CNS Rabbinic Intern Josh Buchin 3 Tuesday evenings, June 24, July 1, July 8Free of chargeBiblical Ideas of Justice. What is justice? How do we create a just society? What morality animates the later books of the Bible? In this three part course, we will examine various stories in the Prophets and the Writings that explore the Divine mandate we have to build a better world.

The Real Sin of the Spies: Reality Stopped Them -- [Video Parsha Comment]

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