Rabbi Neil's WEEKLY WORDS!
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Don’t let the Congress defund immigration reform!
President Obama announced his executive action on immigration at the end of last year.
That landmark reform shielded up to five million people from the terrifying threat of deportation.
Now, Republicans in Congress are trying to roll back these reforms, and worse. We can’t let that happen.
This is important to me because we are commanded 36 times in the Torah to treat the stranger with kindness:
"Since June 2012, all African asylum seekers arriving in Israel have been automatically imprisoned without trial, for a minimum of three years. Detainees include those previously trafficked, raped and tortured in the Egyptian Sinai. Israel is the destination country and not responsible for abuse suffered prior to entry, but it nevertheless has obligations as to how it treats these people once they arrive. There are serious problems with the current system of dealing with victims of torture and trafficking in detention centers including a lack of identification of victims of trafficking, a lack of sufficient shelter space, and insufficient access to medical rehabilitation. I am deeply saddened to hear that victims of human trafficking and torture are placed in detention upon entering Israel's borders. I strongly urge the Israeli government to quickly discontinue its policy of detaining victims of trafficking and torture. "
Read remarks from Emeritus Rabbi Sandy Ragin, Leo Baeck Temple at a breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 17, 2014. Click here
Leviticus 19, also known as the Holiness Code (i.e., how we should act with one another in order to activate each other's holiness!) tells us "You shall not oppress your fellow. You shall not rob. The hired worker's wage shall not remain with you overnight until morning." Keeping someone at an hourly salary that is below anything approaching a living wage is tantamount to oppression, robbery and holding their wages overnight. Some have had their wages held "overnight" for years. Let's feed this economy and help each other get back on our collective feet!
The need to keep pressing Congress on behalf of working class Americans who desperately need a raise remains urgent. At just $7.25 an hour, or roughly $15,000 per year, the current federal minimum wage is leaving millions of hard working Americans in poverty.
Support Senator Tom Harkin's (D-IA) legislation to raise the federal minimum wage. Tell your Representative: Raise the minimum wage - Click Here
Check out the important work being done by Teruah (Formerly Rabbis for Human Rights) here
Get actively involved -- Click here for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
CURRENT AREAS OF CONCERN
- Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform
- Expand Background Checks
- Protect Anti-Poverty Programs in Deficit Reduction
Neil's Album: "On This Day and all the Time" is now available!. Featuring 14 songs that will take you a musical journey for kids of all ages born of heart and inspiration.