CNS Members are learning Mishnah, an early Jewish collection (ca. 400 CE)! Learning Mishnah is very accessible, with free online English translations, a variety of books, and CNS members who can help Mishnah-newcomers help find their ways! (Rabbi Creditor is also thrilled to meet with any interested members looking for some guidance!)
2) Select one or two units (please enter your name)
3) Commit to approximately 2 hours of reading and reflection by April 14
The Mishnah project is timed to culminate during minyan the morning before Pesach (April 14), when the Siyyum Bechorim (the Fast of the firstborns) takes place. You do not need to attend minyan that morning (7:15 am) to participate in the learning project, though you're welcome to join the celebratory siyyum (completion) that morning!
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&…