When summer rolls around, I try to carve out some quiet moments to catch up on my reading. At AJWS, it’s become a tradition for me to share my summer reading list with the staff. This year, I wanted to share it with the whole AJWS family. And even though summer is winding down, I …Read More
What's So 21st Century About Tzedakah?
During Passover, we reflect on our ancestors’ journey from slavery to freedom. But our fight is far from over. We must stand in solidarity with those who are still struggling for freedom and human dignity around the world today. Please share this Passover message from AJWS President Ruth Messinger, and share our special Passover reading at your Seder table. Chag …Read More
Originally posted on the blog of Ask Big Questions. Like many people in my generation, I first associated tzedakah, the Hebrew word loosely understood to mean “charity,” with the pushke—the little metal box given out in Hebrew school, rusting on my parents’ windowsill. I learned in the 1950s that Jews were supposed to collect pennies in …Read More
When it comes to high drama, it’s hard to beat Parshat Korach. When Moses’s first cousin, Korach, challenges the leader’s authority, Moses retorts by suggesting a “spirituality duel” of sorts, charging Korach and his band to return the next morning so each party can present offerings to God. Korach’s offerings are rejected, and God renders …Read More
Originally published on the blog of Pursue: Action for a Just World. On June 20, Pursuers will join AJWS and Global Circle to see the winning entries from the Where Do You Give? National Design Competition and engage with innovative speakers about giving in the 21st century. As a preview to the event, we asked speaker …Read More