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It is a mitzvah to keep our bodies safe. It is a mitzvah to protect the bodies of others.

Rabbi Ruth Adar
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Shmirat haguf – literally, guarding the body – is the religious imperative to take care of our body and soul. Learn how you can fulfill this mitzvah in 2018.

Rabbi Rick Schechter
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We always lit two menorahs at Hanukkah: One used candles; the other was electric, with bright orange bulbs. That second one became a precious symbol of life and light.

Sheri Denkensohn-Trott
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Positive psychology has from its inception been unabashedly influenced by ancient philosophical and religious wisdom, embracing teachings and values found in Judaism.

Rabbi Rick Schechter
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As a young Jewish woman, one of the reasons I am so impassioned by this cause is because of the Jewish prayer for healing, the Mi Shebeirach.

Bailey Roos
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The median age of our community is now 50 and every day some 10,000 people turn 65. This boomer cohort has helped redefine American Judaism in the last several decades.

Rabbi Richard F. Address
Promotional still from 13 Reasons Why of a scared teenage girl standing in front of high school lockers

13 Reasons Why, the new miniseries from Netflix, is filled with painful stories about sadness, bullying, rape, and suicide. Teens need their parents' help unpacking it.

Dr. Betsy Stone and Michelle Shapiro Abraham
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My encounter with Karen was as unexpected as that of our forefather, Joseph, who, wandering, meets a “man” who knows exactly where his brothers are shepherding

Rabbi Andrew Bossov
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With serendipity, I stumbled upon my youth Hebrew school lessons of pikuach nefesh, the concept of saving a life. It's our obligation to save lives whenever possible, even above observing the mitzvot or commandments.

Sharon Rosenblatt
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Israeli filmmaker Nitzan Gilady’s feature film, Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar) tells the story of Hagit, a young woman with a mild intellectual disability, who lives with her mother and works at a toilet paper factory.

Daphne Macy

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