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Independence

American flag in background; fireworks in foreground

July 4th in Israel is a day sandwiched between July 3rd and July 5th. Nonetheless, after work we’ll heat the grill and invite other Americans to celebrate with us.

Cantor Evan Kent
White Star of David emrboidered on navy cloth alongside five pointed stars as if depicting an altered version of the American flag

The values of the American Revolution – liberty, freedom, and especially democracy – profoundly affected the small colonial Jewish community and laid the groundwork for Reform Judaism.

Jonathan D. Sarna
Canadian and American flags flying; blue sky and white clouds in the background

Reform Judaism has a rich liturgical tradition of “prayers for the government” that tells us a great deal about who we are as Jews and as citizens.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Closeup of the upper half of the Statue of Liberty against a blue sky with clouds

With so many "revolutionary” musicals to enjoy, I’ve taken to musing about the value of independence they so dramatically explore.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
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