From Anthony Russell, Amitim Lead Teacher: Fair Trade Passover Chocolate Fundraiser!
from CNS's Amitim (Bnei Mitzvah) Class:
A Fair Trade Passover Chocolate Fundraiser!
Amitim, the B'nei Mitzvah class of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, is raising funds to go towards organizations that combat the issue of child slavery in today's world. By purchasing this organic, kosher for Passover, fair trade chocolate, you can help our students achieve the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam -- Repairing the World.
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&…