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Colored pencils placed in a way such that their tips create negative space in the shape of a heart

As I skimmed headlines on the Israel new sites I check daily, I saw many of the same topics that have filled this space for the past few weeks. I ran through the list in my head: Kotel? Check.

Chelsea Feuchs
Bride and groom walk hand in hand away from their outdoor wedding altar where friends and family wave to them in celebration

I remember my own summers at Reform Jewish summer camps better than almost anything else at that time of my life.

Suzie Lyon
The author with his husband and son

One day my son Jacob will ask how he was made, and I have the answer ready for this inevitable question: “God, science, and a whole lot of love.” Of course, there are many more details to his story

Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg
Collage of two photos includes one of a smiling man marching in a pride parade with a Shaar Zahav banner behind him and the other photo shows the same man with his husband as they both wear rainbow Star of David shirts

“It’s not as much fun being gay;
It’s now the American way.
What was edgy and cool
Is really old-school
When everyone thinks we’re OK.”

Eddie Reynolds
Father and young childen facing the ocean with their feet in the water

For the dads up to their elbows in poopy diapers
and the dads whose kisses cover every owie
and always know where the bandaids are

Rabbi Michael Adam Latz
Smiling friends Jewish mom Beth and Muslim mom Alaa who founded an interfaith playgroup

Through a Jewish/Muslim playgroup, my sister Beth has found an answer to a question many of us ask ourselves these days when we learn of incidents of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: “What can I do?

Emily Marcus Levine
Blond woman from the 1980s with big hair and a colorful sweater with her arms crossed toward the camera

It’s common knowledge at this point that we’re living in the Golden Age of Television, but did you know that we’re also living in the Golden Age of Jewish Mothers on Television?

Marissa Solomon
Promotional still from 13 Reasons Why of a scared teenage girl standing in front of high school lockers

The Torah is filled with horrible stories. Though we paint Noah’s pretty ark on nursery walls with animals two by two, the real story is that of a flood that kills all life on earth.

Dr. Betsy Stone and Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Young girl learning to shake the lulav

There aren’t many people out there willing to uproot their entire lives to relocate to Dothan, Alabama.

Stephanie Butler
Open book showing a path leading off into a forest

There are few things I remember as well as the stories told to me by so many rabbis, cantors, educators, and teachers throughout my life.

Rabbi Leora Kaye

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