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AMERICA’S HOUSE WILL CRUMBLE IF WE DON’T REPAIR OUR RACIST DIVIDE. When I was a young rabbi I served as an assistant rabbi in a large synagogue. There is the typical discussion of the synagogue’s financial challenges. Some of our leaders have the perfect solution: Fire several of the custodians … At that moment, I raised my hand, and I asked a question: “What are their names?” … “Because,” I said, “if you’re going to fire people, and create havoc in their lives, you should at least know their names.” … Silence. No one knew the names of the soon-to-be-history custodians. … They were Black.

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