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“I am just a human. I am just a boy,” he said. “Please consider my rights when you make your decision.” These are the words of Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student whose quest to use the restroom took the shy Virginia native all the way to the Supreme Court.

Throughout the past several weeks, there have been a series of setbacks for the...

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This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35) follows the previous one that describes the building and furnishing of the Tabernacle, the sanctification of the priests and the sanctification of the Tent of Meeting. In Ki Tisa there are what appears to be unrelated scenes that in the “The Torah: A Women’s Commentary” are grouped under three titles: Tabernacle, Covenant and Moses. Each of these will move the action toward the resolution of Israel’s relationship with God. Eventually the people will understand how to sustain this relationship. These verses also include the completion...

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The Title X Family Planning Program, enacted in 1970 as part of the United States Public Health Service Act, provides approximately four million people across the United States with access to affordable family planning health services. Today, the Title X Family Planning Program is at risk of losing funding, adding to the concerns of the...

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Dear WRJ Friends. How wonderful it was to be together at the Fried Leadership Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, last weekend! For those of you who were unable to participate, please go on Yammer or Facebook, and read your district newsletters or other outlets to view items about the excellent workshops, speakers, worship services and activities. As always, when WRJ women come together, the connections engage and inspire each and all of us!

The rituals we shared at the Fried Leadership Conference, particularly on Shabbat, began with lighting candles. In Jewish ritual, women...

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Throughout my life, I always have looked to other women as examples of strength. As a rape survivor, I am motivated by women who faced gender-based violence before me, and the ways they confronted their circumstances. In the aftermath of my trauma, I turned to Judaism for direction. Within Jewish narratives of war and resistance, I found feminists who directed me to speak out and contest gender inequities.

The Torah is filled with female voices. The Matriarchs influenced the course of our history as a people, and even the lack of women’s voices is powerful. For example, in the rape...

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