Listening to the Hagars of Today: On Sanctuary and Immigration

Our sacred texts are filled with disturbing narratives, and this week is no different. We revisit the story of Hagar this Shabbat as we read parashat Vayera in the book of Genesis. It is a familiar story to us as we just read it a month ago as part of the High Holidays. Our ancient …

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Let Them Make Me a Sanctuary, and I Will Change the Toilet Paper

This week’s Torah portion, Terumah, is the Torah portion that launched a thousand capital campaigns. Having transmitted the 10 commandments and other laws to Moses—the laws that will frame the covenant and give new organization and meaning to the newly liberated Israelites—God tells Moses to build a sanctuary, a tabernacle, that will serve as a …

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