Poverty

Dvar Torah

Compares Avrams emigration from Canaan to Egypt and links to current issues of immigration, poverty, and famine.
This article appeared in the Huffington Post in May of 2011. It is a critique of our blindness towards homelessness and how it pertains to the Prophet Elijah, who often appears as a homeless man in Biblical stories.
Talya Gillman delivered this d'var to Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle) on Yom Kippur 2011. It seeks to amplify the message of Isaiah's Haftorah, which asks us to turn our ritualistic fast into action by fighting injustice, cruelty and selfishness in the world. The d'var calls on us to consciously dedicate ourselves to empathy and "activated" compassion.
Originally published on the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's blog on 7/11/11
My conception of Purim has evolved as I have learned of the social justice components of the holiday.
American Jewish World service publishes divrei Torah for each major Jewish holiday, which explore themes of social justice that emerge from that holiday. Visit http://tinyurl.com/chagvchesed to sign up to receive this publication by e-mail.
American Jewish World service publishes divrei Torah for each major Jewish holiday, which explore themes of social justice that emerge from that holiday. Visit http://tinyurl.com/chagvchesed to sign up to receive this publication by e-mail.
This sermon was given at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, Minnesota on 8 Nisan 5772 by Rabbi Avi S. Olitzky.
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