Congress Needs to Pass International Food Aid Reform Now
AJWS believes that we have not only the opportunity, but also the moral obligation to help 4 million more people get the food they need to survive. More »
Ruth Messinger on Samantha Power’s U.N. Nomination
“I welcome the appointment of one of the most committed supporters of human rights in the United States to be our next Ambassador to the United Nations.” More »
492 Rabbis Join AJWS and JCPA to Urge President Obama on Sudan
492 Rabbis from across the country and from all streams of Judaism have signed on to a letter to President Obama calling on the US government to renew our commitment to Sudan. More »
Featuring a magician, sorcery and a talking donkey, Parashat Balak is a paranormal parashah. Despite including these somewhat less relatable features, however, the parashah offers us profound and relevant lessons about the very mundane and human behavior of listening.
The parashah details Moabite King Balak’s unsuccessful attempt to curse the Israelites by contracting Bilam, a renowned gentile magician. Bilam is thwarted at various steps in the process and ends up blessing B’nai Yisrael three times, rather than cursing... Read more »