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Here are our top 10 Reform Jewish moments of the year, both positive and negative. Do you agree with our choices? What would you add? And happy new year! 

Kate Bigam Kaput
US Capitol building aerial view at twilight

The great Jewish philosopher Rambam taught that the law as a whole aims to defend two things: the welfare of the soul and the welfare of the body.

Allison Grossman
Muslim man bent in prayer over an ornate prayer rug

Some surely ask: Why didn’t God prevent this slaughter? The answer is that God gave us free will.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
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At least 300 are dead and 125 injured after an attack on a Sufi mosque in the Northern Sinai on Friday, including at least 27 children. 

Alden Solovy
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Recent headlines tell of Jewish life in countries around the world; here are just a few that caught my eye as of late. 

Kate Bigam
Photo of Temple Beth Shalom the brick synagogue in Puerto Rico damaged internally by Hurricane Maria and its floods

The situation in Puerto Rico remains dire, with basic living conditions and communications extremely challenged. The challenges and needs its residents face are many.

Kate Bigam
A brunette woman from the back with her hair up and her hands on her neck as she looks out over a body of water

May the “Me Too” campaign of this week be blessed with the staying power to live well beyond the news cycle.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
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The Forward​ asked 17 rabbis, "What is the biggest threat facing the Jewish people today?” Here's what the three Reform-affiliated rabbis on the list had to say

Kate Bigam
Hands of a young child using scissors to cut a heart out of red paper

Many communities still need our help In that spirit, here are a couple of ideas you can do with your kids, also with what you probably already have at home.

 
    Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal
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    As Reform Jews, our task is to challenge America's conscience and not stand idly by the blood of our neighbor. We offer words, prayers, and concrete ways to take action to prevent gun violence.

    Kate Bigam

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