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A Closing Prayer for a Tisha B'Av Vigil for Refugees, Immigrants and Asylum Seekers

Rabbi Annie Lewis recited this prayer at Independence Mall during a Vigil for Refugees on the 9th of Av, 5779. To the refugees who have been turned away from this country, To all who have been separated from their families and detained, To all who have been raided, deported, massacred, To all who seek sanctuary,… Read More

Posted: August 13, 2019 by

“Night Vision”: The Grief and Hope of Tisha B’Av

Shabbat Chazon 5779 / 10 August 2019

Shabbat Shalom. I am grateful to be back on the bimah at BZBI this shabbat, this time as a member of the clergy team of this beloved community that has meant so much to our family the past five years. This past July, Yosef, Zohar, Shir and I had the blessing of spending three weeks… Read More

Posted: August 13, 2019 by

Towards an Honest Egalitarianism

Mattot-Mas'ei 5779 / 3 August 2019

When Marc and I were planning our wedding and selecting the wording for our ketubah, we chose two very different texts to exist side by side on the same document. One, the traditional text in Aramaic, lays out the financial aspects of a marriage and the groom’s obligations to his wife, and two, an English… Read More

Posted: August 8, 2019 by

Should We Continue to Fast

Pinhas 5779 / 27 July 2019

A few years ago, about 4 years before the Apollo 11 flight we commemorated recently, I was preparing to take the entrance exams for Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Several of my friends advised me that I HAD TO know the names of the five daughters of Zelophehad. Just to help you remember… Read More

Posted: July 29, 2019 by

Miriam: A Eulogy and a Tikkun

Hukkat 5779 / 13 July 2019

Amit teaches math and science at WB Saul, the School District of Philadelphia’s agriculture high school. Hosting shabbat meals is how he builds power for his union caucus, the Caucus of Working Educators. Talk to him about feminism and domestic labor in Jewish community. Otherwise, you can find him tending to plants in his garden… Read More

Posted: July 15, 2019 by

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