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Ami Goodman
Ami Goodman
August 13, 2018 12:04 am

I am grateful and enthused to be on the task force for the 18 Minute YK Walkout initiative. We are calling for an 18 minute walkout (or time-out, if logistics are prohibitive) during YK services, inspired by the exhortation of Isaiah we read in the haftarah each Yom Kippur, and by the teachings of such luminaries as Rabbi AJ Heschel. We are calling for a time to reflect on our wayward national moral compass, to share with one another, and to personally and communally commit towards act of tikkun to help restore our national conscience precisely on Yom Kippur, a… Read more »

Moshe Levin
August 15, 2018 10:02 am

THE STORY BEHIND MENORAH DISPLAY IN BILLINGS, MONTANA On December 2, 1993, a bitterly cold night in Billings, Montana, a brick was thrown through a 5-year-old Jewish boy’s bedroom window where he had placed the family’s Hanukkah menorah. The incident was one of several hateful acts that year against Native Americans, Blacks and Jews, by White supremacists who had just moved in to the town. At the time there were barely 50 Jewish families in Billings. Most of the people in Billings had never met a Jew. The community responded by saying, “Not In Our Town.” In an act of… Read more »

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D
August 16, 2018 2:23 pm

The Shalom Center and I have joined with a group of San Francisco rabbis and other spiritual teachers to propose that on Yom Kippur congregations all across the country set aside 18 minutes to walk in vigil into their neighborhoods to renew and reawaken the American conscience of compassion, not cruelty; of justice, not subjugation. Each congregation can further define this event as they wish. One way of framing it would be to see it as a call for tshuvah — “turning” in active repentance — not only by individuals but also by our society as a whole. In some… Read more »

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D
August 16, 2018 2:31 pm

The Shalom Center and I have joined with the original group of San Francisco rabbis and other spiritual teachers to propose that on Yom Kippur ,congregations all across the country set aside 18 minutes to walk in vigil into their neighborhoods to renew and reawaken the American conscience of compassion, not cruelty; of justice, not subjugation. Each congregation can further define this event as they wish. One way of framing it would be to see it as a call for tshuvah — “turning” in active repentance — not only by individuals but also by our society as a whole. In… Read more »

Aryae Coopersmith
Aryae Coopersmith
August 23, 2018 10:53 am

Beyt Tikkun has featured the YK Walkout in their full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle (see full add on the attached PDF file). They have also featured us on their web site: Yom Kippur Walk Out for Social Justice.

Moshe Levin
August 28, 2018 2:27 am

Some fascinating ideas for the 18 minutes when individual congregations choose to focus on one or two issues that are dear to them in particular. Please feel free to share them: 1. Immigration: Appeal for 100% participation in HIAS. (I became active and financially supportive in HIAS after being at IKAR LA the Shabbat a wonderful rabbi on staff at HIAS spoke to the community/cong. Such talks can make a difference! 2. The Environment: Arthur Waskow has loads of material, including Jewish sources for protecting the environment. On YK, appeal for a 100% commitment to do One Serious Thing this… Read more »