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“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Expensive shoes forced on my vagabond feet Drag me on their own pilgrimage.  Royal clothing shield my longing heart From the people whom hold my friendship.  Free me. Free my soul. Free my path. Release me to my people. 

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PARSHAT KORACH: AHARON’S RESPECT FOR HIS FELLOW JEWS

The Torah in Parashat Korah delineates the twenty-four “Matenot Kehuna” – gifts that the Kohanim are to receive from the rest of the nation. After listing all the various gifts, G-d commands Moshe to tell Aharon that these gifts are a “Berit Melah Olam” – literally, “an eternal covenant of salt” (18:19). Different approaches have been taken to explain the

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If you prick us do we not bleed? A shakespearean take on the the logical fallacies of anti-semitism

In response to recent anti-Semitic incidents that have taken place in major cities across the globe, including New York, London, Paris, Jerusalem, and my hometown of Los Angeles, a quote from a 16th-century play by William Shakespeare comes to mind. In the first scene of the third act of Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare conveyed an unprecedented message

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A conversation with dr. presbi: Fiber-optics, intelligent Design, and the big bang

This past Thursday, May 13, 2021, Valley Torah students gathered in the outdoor Beis Midrash tent for a talk with world-renowned physicist Dr. Chaim Presby regarding an array of topics ranging from his work with fiber-optics to his viewpoint on macroevolution and intelligent design. Dr. Presby is a senior lecturer for outreach programs associated with Gateways and has been a

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Chesed club hosts Gift of Life Marrow Registry to help cure blood cancer

Amid an unprecedented hiatus in its group activity, the Valley Torah Chesed Club has decided to end off this disaster-trotted year with as many community service projects as possible- and remarkable ones too. The National Foundation for Cancer Research reports that approximately one person is diagnosed with blood cancer every 3 minutes, just in the United States. In 2020 alone, an estimated

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The ENVIRONMENTAL Damage Plastic water bottles cause and how Valley Torah’s E.A.C. is addressing it

For over the past 50 years, the world has been facing an enduring ecological crisis. Plastic waste is polluting the world’s oceans, rivers, and streams, leaking toxins and harmful materials into the water we, and so many other species, drink. Once in marine environments, littered plastics often absorb chemical pollutants and become storehouses for toxic materials. Aquatic animals usually consume

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To my expansive, attractive, intolerable country;

To my expansive, attractive, intolerable country; To your infinitely open plains, To your interminably discoverable frontiers, To your incessantly available resources, I cherish you. . To my expansive, attractive, intolerable country; To your magnificently green hills, To your majestically blue skies,  To your mesmerizingly clear waters, I adore you.  . To my expansive, attractive, intolerable country; To your unbearably hateful

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Justice During the Dark Hours of Political Partisanship: Senator Mitt W. Romney’s profile in Courage

For the third time in United States history, the House of Representatives voted to formally impeach the President of the United States based on two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, on December 18, 2019 (“Articles of Impeachment Against Donald John Trump”). With the nation in the midst of a highly polarized era, the impeachment process

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Dear Mortal Naiads

Dazzled by desire, delighted by deceit, The fumes of your dandelion fervor entrance Even the untrancable.  The reward posed for the fools’ hard work. The apple on the rod, the mule will never reach. You stand- delicately, delightfully, deservingly -despicably-  unaware.   This poem was inspired by some of George Gascoigne’s earlier works.

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