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Rebuke, תוכחה, when done correctly, looks for an opening, a sympathetic moment or shared memory to draw upon. Before reproving the other, we first join them. Once we are allies, our words urging change might be heard.

Rabbi Sandra Cohen
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Now that I’m a parent, teaching my children about racism, classism, and homophobia is as important to me as teaching them about their 5,000-year-old Jewish heritage. 

Rachel Hall
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As a rabbi, who also happens to be a woman, I am living through an unprecedented time, recognizing that I have the honor of standing on the shoulders of giants, those clergy who have paved the way for me to gain access to the rabbinate relatively easily. 

Rabbi Jessica Wainer
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April 2 is Equal Pay Day, the day in April dedicated, annually, to educating and addressing the wage gap between men and women.

B. Lana Guggenheim
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As a Jewish man who understands the devastating effects of toxic masculinity, I wanted to explore what it means to create a healthy masculine culture. A few amazing Jewish women righteously illuminated me.

Chris Harrison
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In Israel, “separate but equal” is used to justify limiting women's access to, and participation in, the public sphere. Often, such separation is tragic, painful, and illegal.

Anat Hoffman
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This week’s Torah portion reminds me of the many times I’ve been told to be quiet – especially when it was because our society has left little room for women’s voices.

Sara Barrack
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Three years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriageEven as we celebrate this victory, there’s still much work to do.

Noah Fitzgerel
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The story of Zelophechad’s daughters illustrates not only their triumph in changing the law, but also how Jewish tradition understands the need for Torah to change.

Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser
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When we learn Zelophechad’s daughters’ names – Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah – we connect to their story, and the injustice they faced as women.

Sarah Greenberg

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