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Atonement and Action on the Syrian Crisis

As we step away from Yom Kippur, it is a moment when the American Jewish community accepts responsibility for our sins of the past year and prepares to start anew. This year, we must atone also for the crimes in Syria--and that atonement must involve taking deliberate action to stop the slaughter of innocents there. All of us have seen the soul-crushing images of ordinary civilians, including countless children, maimed by the war or once historic neighborhoods and religious sites reduced to absolute rubble.
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