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Echoes of the Exodus

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On this week’s Interfaith Voices, Rabbi Capers C. Funnye (one of the few black rabbis in the United States) and Diann Neu, a co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), reflect on the role of the Exodus motif in freedom struggles through the ages. These include the journeys of African Americans, women and people in the Middle East today.

Vehicles that protect the troops

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Here’s the last weapons system the Government Accountability Office identified as a boondoggle, as reported in The New York Times.

It is the Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected Vehicle, or MRAP. We actually have 20,000 of these in varying designs from different manufacturers. We spent $36 billion to construct them. Most are so big that only three fit in a C-17 transport which raises the question of whether we will leave them behind in Iraq and Afghanistan and who might eventually use them.

Morning Briefing

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For the Union Dead

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Allow me, if you will, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War to borrow a title from poet Robert Lowell. Lowell wrote in 1964, nearly 50 years ago, about the commercialization of downtown Boston in contrast to the revered Robert Gould Shaw memorial, which still stands at the top of Beacon Street.

My lament is literally for those Union dead, the men who perished fighting for the cause of the Union. In our current climate, they are usually no longer even afforded the privilege of being an afterthought. At most times, they seem to be barely thought of at all.

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