A guy came to the sage Hillel & (obnoxiously) asked him to teach all of Torah on one foot.

Hillel said, "What is hateful to you, do not do to others: this is Torah; the rest is commentary; go and learn.”

If you wouldn’t like it if a policy was applied to you, don’t pass it.
It’s so straightforward and yet US policy has been propagating this other thing for... well, centuries. Definitely decades. Most certainly the last four years.
Don’t want a mass shooter in your office? Don’t want to be placed in horrific detention because you’re trying to keep your family safe? Don’t want to lose everything just because you get sick and can’t afford the healthcare bills? Huh.
No, I’m not done feeling fury at those who were perfectly fine as long as the leopard was eating everyone else’s faces, just as long as the leopard never ate theirs.

Suddenly, when it’s personal. After how many years working to cut the ACA and essential services for those in poverty and helping vote to ignore children in cages?
Notably Hillel’s formulation is negative—don’t do what you wouldn’t want. Does not presume (as the Golden Rule does) that you know exactly what another person DOES want (how to find out? Ask them!) but rather that you have a basic understanding of harm and how not to cause it.

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Pick a thing to do and when you’ll do it. Start small but assume you’re doing it every day.

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Like: set an alarm to remind you to sit meditation on your lunch break. Assume 3 mins every day (use your phone timer!) until you feel ready to move it to 5 min, 10 min, 20 mins.
Or: set the alarm to remind you to write three stream of consciousness pages longhand (google “morning pages”) during the time you would usually be drinking coffee and reading the news/messing on social media in the AM.
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Our God and God of our ancestors: We ask Your blessings for our country - for its government, for its leaders and advisors, and for all who exercise just and rightful authority.

Teach them insights of Your Torah, that they may administer all affairs of state fairly, that peace and security, happiness and prosperity, justice and freedom may forever abide in our midst.
Creator of all flesh, bless all the inhabitants of our country with Your spirit. May citizens of all races and creeds forge a common bond in true harmony...
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Most other traditions also teach this.

What people call the religious left is not some novelty concept.

It’s always been the work.
And while you can find threads of people—really strong, really prominent ones—throughout history of who use religion as an excuse to oppress, exploit, conquer, dominate, kill—there have always been these other threads of people focusing on what’s at the heart of things.
In every tradition.

Here, some threads on Judaism, anchored in Torah—yes, the Bible— and Rabbinic Judaism. Our stuff.
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I wrote this blessing for the 117th Congress. It was included in the materials that @NCJW sent over to new MOCs to introduce them to our policy and advocacy work.

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Blessing For Members of the 117th Congress
By Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, @NCJW Scholar in Residence

May you serve your constituents with humility, gratitude and integrity.
May you always remember that your greatest work is in the care for those who are most vulnerable; the empowerment of those who are most marginalized; the transformation of systems and structures for the better.

May you remain always curious, open, and eager to grow.
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This. And if you are in the position of asking someone for their time,

A) Budget for it
B) Tell them how much you are offering in that first email.

Don’t make people play a guessing game or waste their time in an elaborate back and forth. You know how much you can spend. +
If it’s not a match for the person, respect their time (and yours!) by allowing them to assess quickly and, if it’s not a match, decline.

They might say, “I’d love to do it but my usual rate is $X, is that possible?” Then you can negotiate or not or etc.

But playing coy +
About how much you can pay wastes their time and yours.

On the other hand, if you’re asking someone for a standard service (aka something they obviously have an hourly rate for because they’re, what, a freelance graphic designer or something), you can say, “I have X job by +
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