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Italian flag/banner with Italy written underneath

Even though none of my DNA seems to speak Italian, there is a distinct 2,000-year-old connection between my mom’s ancestral line and that boot-shaped country on the Mediterranean.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Barracks at Auschwitz Birkenau in the snow

As the son of Holocaust survivors, I ruled out the possibility of ever visiting a concentration camp. Doing so would be emotionally off the charts.

Marty Yura
Three males with their arms around one another from the back facing a female songleader on the bimah with a guitar

I cite my parents’ decision to raise a Jewish family as my gift of a lifetime because of the astronomical impact it has had on my life thus far.

Sean Carlin
Mother and daughter having serious conversation across a table

As my children will attest, I can be “bossy.”  I try to step back and let them live their lives as independent adults, but it’s hard.

Deborah Rood Goldman
Piece of broken matzah wrapped in a purple checkered cloth

The Passover ritual of the afikomen is wonderfully playful and deeply profound. It was a stroke of pedagogical genius to include a ritual so physical!

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
Closeup of a police siren in the dark with colorful but blurry lights  in the distance

As Reform Jews, our task is to challenge America's conscience. Here, yet again, we offer words, prayers, and concrete ways to take action to prevent gun violence.

Kate Kaput
Red paper lanterns hanging over a street at twilight

My father is fond of reminding my family of how lucky we are to be Chinese and Jewish. “Three New Year celebrations means three chances for a fresh start!

Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin
Red and white life preserver with rope against sunny, blue sky with white clouds

I recently reconnected with my rabbi from Brooklyn after I was reminded of what a lifeline she was to me and my family after disability entered our lives.

Joan Hocky
Older man holding preschool-age boy on his lap. Both appear happy.

For the first time in history, we knew in advance that the winner of the 2016 presidential election would have a Jewish son-in-law – Marc Mezvinsky or Jared Kushner.

Jonathan D. Sarna
Two young boys lighting a Hanukkah menorah

This meditation for Hanukkah focuses on bringing the light we carry inside ourselves into the world and lighting the lamps of awe and wonder in our children.

Alden Solovy

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