Minnesota Rabbinical Association Letter Awaiting Chauvin Verdict

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To the Minnesota Jewish Community and Beyond:  We have counted 330 days since George Floyd was killed by former police officer Derek Chauvin. Today many of us are counting the minutes and hours with enormous heaviness and unease as we anticipate a verdict in the trial that could convict Derek Chauvin of second-degree unintentional murder, […]

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In The Twinkling of an Eye: Five Features Of The Upcoming Pandemic Transitions

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Prelude  We will soon be going through a transition. Some prefer to call it the movement towards a “new” normal. In our volume L’Dor V’Dor in the Digital Age, we call it more simply pre-pandemic, pandemic and post-pandemic. When will the transition occur? That, of course, involves prophetic powers well beyond my paygrade. Nor do I have […]

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The Road To Freedom Isn’t An Easy One

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I dedicate these words to our neighbor George Floyd (z”l), may his memory be for a revolution.  A new Pharaoh rose up over Egypt who knew not Joseph. Now, when we ended the book of Genesis, Joseph and Pharoah had a close relationship — you remember how cozy those two were, saving all the Egyptians […]

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MRA Statement On Loosening COVID Restrictions

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On a call earlier this week with the Minnesota Department of Health, hundreds of faith leaders across our great state were reminded by MDH about COVID precautions: “We are about a mile from home; please do not take off your seatbelts now.” The Minnesota Rabbinical Association is hopeful that with the gradual rollout of vaccines […]

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The Naked Truth about Chanukah

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On the early morning of July 18, a protestor in Portland dubbed “Naked Athena,” wearing only a hat and facemask, approached the police at SW 3rd and Taylor. Though some pepper balls were shot at her feet, 10 minutes after she approached, the police line departed. Over the course of the past six months, there […]

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One Day More

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We are about to embark on the season of gratitude and the season of miracles.

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But Really, Why Honey?

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We dip in honey to force ourselves to pause and we find the symbolic honey in our own life.

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