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Thinking About Boats and Life Preservers

This weekend, I was pointed toward an essay called “Detour-Spotting,” about the ways white people can start to unlearn negative reactions to race and racism.  It may not be the most beautifully-written essay (I found myself mentally editing bits of it) but there were a lot of sharp pointy bits I found myself getting poked …

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“You will cast all their sins into the depths of the [metaphorical] sea.”

This is the beginning of the Days of Repentance in the Jewish tradition, starting today with Rosh Hashanah (Yom Ha-Zikkaron) and ending ten days from now with Yom Kippur. I am mostly, as I often say, a forgetting-to-practice Jew. But there are a few traditions I hold fast to, and the High Holy Days are …

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via The Forward, An Al Chet for the #MeToo Era

The Al Chet is a confession of sins for which we all must take communal responsibility. Traditionally spoken during Yom Kippur, part of the High Holy days (which begins Sunday at sundown with Rosh Hashanah), it’s a powerful bit of coming-to-terms with your own shit, and the shit you have allowed to occur around you. …

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