• Shabbat Shalom from DC!

    As Jews, we demand that the world as it is get ever close to the world as it should be, and we know it is our work to build this more just world. And this is exactly the work we have been doing this past week.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: History’s Impact on Viewing Challenges of Today

    I am from Reno, Nevada, a place that does not have very many Jews, so to see my peers, a group of teenagers, representing the next generation of Jews makes me proud to be Jewish. Reno is also mostly white, so as a Jew of color, being in this part of the country, where there are so many people of color, has been great, as I feel a little more in touch with my ancestors and with modern black culture. And that's only after one day.


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  • Mid-Trip Update from Mitzvah Corps DC

    The issues that have been discussed and experienced so far by the MCDC group are vast and complex, but it is not upon us as Jews to give into despair. Rather it is each our responsibility to help move the arc of history slowly towards justice.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Two Weeks Later

    Tonight, on our last evening together, we asked our participants to once again take a step back and reflect on where they were in this moment. Tonight, the answers we got were backed by two weeks of learning, listening, growing, and living together. Tonight, our answers were full of love, full of confidence, full of the nerves that come with preparing to translate a world of passion into a life of action once we leave the community we’ve built together.


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  • Pacific Northwest: More Reasons to Laugh

    Everyday, I learn more and more about everyone's personality and find more reasons to laugh.


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  • New Orleans: Reaching New Heights

    Even if I finished the house, New Orleans would still need rebuilding. Even if New Orleans was rebuilt, it would be impossible to solve all the other problems that need to be worked on. It's like the quote from the Talmud, "You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it" (Avot 2. 21).


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  • Israel: Fruits of Peace

    When we can see those on the other side as humans, we can begin to understand that we are all alike. We all want to pursue happiness and avoid suffering. When we can see those on the other side as humans, our hatred for them falls away, and love and peace become possible.


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  • DC: I Want to See a World Where…

    With 28 participants from all over the nation, the students making up Mitzvah Corps DC 2016 don’t have much in common on first glance. We’re coming from different states, different backgrounds, and different interests. But the common denominator became clear almost instantly- we all want to see a better world, and want to know how we can get ourselves there.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Supporting Others

    I've always been told that I see things differently from other people. It's never meant in a mean way, but sometimes I can't help but wonder how everyone else sees things. Because society is the words of the many, but the words of the many sometimes seem to contradict the needs of the most.


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  • New Orleans: Meeting Brock

    While there are many amazing things I will remember about my time spent volunteering at the Wise Words Garden, the most prominent memory will be of the man in charge: Brock. He was personable, welcoming, funny, and was always ready to work, no matter how bad the weather or how difficult the task.


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