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Smokey forest scene after wildfire

When a wildfire leveled my home when I was 20, I fell into a deep depression. Later, when I began to re-engage, I started to associate my emergence with Tu BiShvat.

Juliette Hirt
Hospital visitor clasping the hand of hospital patient in bed

When we visit the sick, it is our job to be present, kind, and ready to listen, all of which can be more challenging if the person we are visiting is part of our family.

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Closeup of piano keys

On the night of January 21, 2005, a drunk driver paralyzed me. I was 21 and just starting my music career.

Dave Schlossberg
The author and her husband at a breast cancer event

I believe all people are chosen to make a difference in this world, and in that spirit, I am sharing my story as it relates to breast cancer.

Sheri Denkensohn-Trott
In the foreground, a digitized image of a double helix in various shades of pink and magenta

I speak about my BRCA-related cancer to synagogue groups, Jewish day schools, and women who ask. I will continue to shout about it until everyone knows who is at risk.

Rebecca Meyer Carr
Leathery hands of a man in a shirt and suit jacket clutching the top of a weathered, wooden cane

Created in the Divine image, we are obligated to take care of the sacred gift of our bodies by watching how we treat them, what we do to them, and what we put into them.

Rabbi Richard F. Address. D.Min
Overhead shot of a person sitting cross-legged on the floor holding a bowl of granola, seeds, and fruit

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year, but for those of us who struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating, it can be one of the most challenging.

Julia Tortorello-Allen
Silhouette of a man spinning inside a shining vortex as if otherworldly

Who shall live, and who shall die? During this season, it is a topic to which we give much thought.

William Page
Empty plate, clean cloth napkin, knife and fork arranged on wooden background

There are numerous reasons you may not be able to fast on Yom Kippur, but here are other ways to observe the holiday.

Rabbi Ruth Adar
Silhouette of a man staring up at the Milky Way night sky

The Jewish mystics also understood that adversity, even tragedy, can hold the key to discovering one’s divine mission or calling.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

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