Yom Kippur is literally the day of atonement. Since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, not only have the casts of the people of Israel been eliminated – we no longer have priests – but sacrifices have also been extinguished.
A feature article of the RSY-Netzer summer choveret focusing on Justice and Judaism written by Orit Sagi, Director of Programs, Netzer Olami and Tamar Olami. The multi-media project includes inspiring and informative essays by Reform Jewish educators, and madrichim/ot and bogrim/ot of Netzer Olami.
Nicki Braun reflects on her first months as Mazkira of the Netzer Olami, the Zionist youth movement of Progressive Jews throughout the world.
As we move into the 21st century, and continue to examine our institutions and foci, the leadership and members of the Council of Australian, New Zealand and Asian Progressive Rabbis believe that it is particularly important to reassert that the modern Jewish concern for social justice and the environment (in which Progressive Jews across the globe have played a central and formative role) is not only essential, but also is an authentic reading of our ancient sources.
Eager but anxious, I walk past the barricades which keep ultra-Orthodox men from blocking the entrance, and step into the women’s section of the Western Wall. Weaving through the private security and appalled young Orthodox girls who surrounded the service, I join the circle of women singing, their prayer books raised proudly in the air.