From the Sources

From the Sources is designed to facilitate study around issues of social justice and the Jewish holidays. We explore global justice issues through Jewish and secular texts, questions to spark reflection and discussion, and further background reading. We invite you to engage in the texts and use them to learn, teach and take action.

These, and many more, social justice themed text studies are available on On1Foot – your portal to Jewish texts for social justice.

Use From the Sources to:

  • Learn with others. Read through one of our text studies together with a friend or group of friends and discuss the issues it raises.
  • Enrich your own learning. Use the text studies to inspire thought-provoking and challenging perspectives on holiday texts.
  • Teach. Invite others to share in this learning. Use it as the basis for a dvar Torah or to motivate action in support of advocacy or tzedakah initiatives in your school, synagogue or Hillel.

Chanukah: Development, Globalization and the Miracle of the Maccabees

Sukkot: The stolen lulav, ethical consistency and funding for global justice

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: Bounty and scarcity (A Case Study on Haiti)

Purim: Power, Sex Work and Trafficking in Megillat Esther

Passover: Slavery, Freedom and Migration