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Photos & Stories from the FTJ Guatemala Trip
We returned last week from a fabulous FTJ inaugural trip to Guatemala, visiting six different artisan groups who make Judaica products. We've put together a slide show and script for your enjoyment and to get you interested in the next one! David's blog entry highlights his initial reflections on the trip. We'll continue to post blogs and more stories, so catch us on Facebook and read our blogs.
Pre-Pesach Kippot sale
Treat yourself to a new handmade kippah. Choose from a variety of colors and styles of crocheted and beaded kippot from Guatemala - 25% off and free shipping! Visit our online store and enter discount code PESACH5773 at checkout.
News from the Fair Trade World
A new study by the international FairTrade Labelling Organization shows the powerful impact of the growing Fair Trade movement. Figures from 2010-11 indicate that there was a 13% increase in the number of farmers and workers within in the fair trade system, and smallholder organizations reported a 30% increase in sales revenue.
I found this piece by Maya Bernstein of UpStart, an important teacher for me (Ilana) in deepening Fair Trade Judaica, to be an inspiring drash/interpretation on the deeper meaning of Purim. May you also be inspired.
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I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…