Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, ushered in the year 5775, which also marks the beginning of Shmitah. Shmitah occurs every seven years. According to biblical laws no planting or harvesting is allowed. It is a sabbatical for the land and a practice that would fit in well with the Climate Change Summit at the United Nations, this week.
Rabbi Joshua Ratner is the director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New Haven and the Associate Rabbi and Director of Engagement at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale.
As we’ve been reporting in our State of Disparity series, Connecticut continues to have one of the widest gaps in the country between its wealthy and poor residents. This past weekend, an art show by students and graduates of Stamford’s public schools explored the question “what is inequality?”
The Windham-Campbell literary festival is going on in New Haven this week. Eight writers from around the globe are being honored, having been surprised with prestigious awards that grant them $150,000 each. Here are the voices of a few of them—John Vaillant, Aminatta Forna, and Nadeem Aslam—speaking about their prizewinning work:
A new report says Connecticut’s economic recovery is only benefiting the state’s wealthiest citizens. The advocacy group Connecticut Voices for Children says only the state’s highest earners have seen their wages increase since 2000. The report says young people, members of racial minority groups, and workers who don’t have a college education are seeing negative trends in wages and employment.