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Nov 10, 2020

Leaders are elected, but leadership must be earned

When George Augustine Washington was elected in 1789 to become the first national leader of the nascent republic of the United States of America, there was major debate as to what he should be called. In the detailed records of Tobias Lear, Washington’s personal secretary, the public deliberations manifest themselves in an intensive back-and-forth congressional argument between the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. read more
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Nov 09, 2020

Melton mourns loss of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

(JNS) Jewish groups expressed their condolences over the passing of former U.K. Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who died early Saturday morning at the age of 72 after recently being diagnosed with cancer. “Rabbi Sacks was a towering figure of great intellect, principle and moral clarity, whose legacy will forever live on as an inspiration to future generations,” tweeted the American Jewish Committee on Saturday. Jewish and other leaders from around the world, including Israeli Prime Minister… read more
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Nov 04, 2020

Mutual Understanding: The third side of every story

How did we get here? When did people decide that they could no longer bear to disagree agreeably? How is it that parents and children are no longer talking to each other, that husbands and wives are splitting up, that neighbors are no longer able to even say hello to one another in the morning, because they don’t see eye to eye on what is best for their country? read more
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Oct 28, 2020

Abraham: Nationalist or Globalist?

Frankly, it is a tough call. There seems to be a debate raging throughout the world as to what’s next, what direction do we need to pursue, what kinds of leaders do we need most in our world today and into the future? What is in the best interests of humankind? read more
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Oct 22, 2020

The Learner Test: A Source Sheet is just the Beginning

The Kranjec Test, the principle that any source-sheet with more than two sources must include at least one non-male identified voice is a collective call to action. Its goal, to increase exposure to a diverse set of voices, and to elevate and teach women’s Torah wisdom, is something we prioritize and focus on as we develop curriculum. But focusing solely on the gender breakdown of sources is far from the only way to structure Jewish learning that is responsible, inclusive, and impactful. We… read more
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Oct 20, 2020

When Noah was a hero

When I was young, Noah was a hero. I have wonderful memories of a toy Noah’s ark model, with a ramp upon which I could, like Noah, march those animals, two by two, into that ark, and do my part, like my hero, to save the world. (And of course that song we sang on camp bus rides played a formative role in my Noah veneration too.) read more