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Independence Day

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July 4th is celebrated with fireworks, barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings, as we honor the day the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, forming the new nation of the United States of America.

A Prayer for the Government

By Rabbi Leonard Gordon
Originally written for Human Rights Shabbat, this prayer seeks to capture the hope that the social justice teachings of Torah, and the ethical impulses they inspire, will be mirrored in the actions of our governments on all levels.   more

The New Colossus

By Emma Lazarus
The stirring ode to the "New World" inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty   more