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Talking Points on Slavery and Human Trafficking, High Holidays, 2010

Talking Points on Slavery and Human Trafficking, High Holidays, 2010 Dvar Torah Slavery talking points, 2010 Accounting for ourselves on Yom Kippur Wherever a person stands to lift up eyes to heaven, that place is a Holy of Holies Every human being created by God in God’s own image is a High Priest. Each person’s life is the Day of Atonement. Each one of us can face God with the language of the heart. Each one of us can be forgiven. Each one of us can achieve atonement and be made pure in the eyes of God. What is each of our responsibilities on Yom Kippur? This teaching, preserved by the Yiddish playwright Saul Ansky, takes the communal lesson of the biblical Yom Kippur service to an individual level ofteshuvah and forgiveness. In this moment, we each have the opportunity to stand before God, enumerate what we have done, and ask to be inscribed in the Book of Life. Each one of us, createdb’tzelem elohim, in the image of God, has equal standing before God and each one of us has an equal chance to be heard. Slavery Today Slavery and trafficking continue to plague our world. More than 27 million people are estimated to live in some form of bondage, including forced labor, sexual slavery, debt bondage, and child soldiers—more people than at any other point in human history. Part of the picture of modern slavery is the way that people are being moved and trafficked across borders. People leave their homes and set out to earn money for their families, only to be caught in webs of false promises and endless debt. The United States is both a destination for human trafficking and a source, as some Americans, living on the margins of society, are preyed on by those who would exploit them.

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