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Large elephant standing in tall grass against a bright blue sky

Weeks after my return from Elephant Nature Park, I still hold the memory of my walk with the elephants. I wonder how I can use what I've learned to help me live in service of my unique purpose.

Liora Alban
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When we gather on April 19 and 20 to mark the first two nights of Passover, we will pray. And we will ask aloud: What makes this year’s seders different from all others

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
Lit tealights in the shape of a Star of David

Here are just a few of the many stories, prayers, and other resources to help you commemorate this solemn holiday.

B. Lana Guggenheim
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Jews, our rabbi insisted, have a duty to resist this mistaken and harmful tradition by making it a point to eat kitniyot on Passover.

Juliette Hirt
Close up of a slice of potato kugel on a white plate

My recipe for a delicious potato kugel is a delicious, unique way to introduce your guests to the sacred Passover meal.

Deborah Fishman Shelby
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Rabbi Josh Weinberg breaks down the parties, the leaders, the possible coalitions, and the complexity of Israel’s recent election, offering insight into the electoral process

Kate Kaput
Women holding hands in front of a rainbow flag

We read, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” These words have taken on deep meaning for me as I came out of the closet, got married, and had kids of my own: Our freedom and redemption are founded on being inclusive and welcoming.

Dara Lithwick
A hand lightly touches a mezuzah on a doorpost with black space behind the entryway

Until a few months ago, I felt safe whenever I stepped into our temple. But then the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation occurred, and I was asked to guard our temple’s front door.

Bruce Black
Smiling young man outdoors wearing a kippah and a plaid shirt

People are often shocked that I found Judaism despite being raised by Christians, being Black, and inheriting the memory of Jim Crow - but my life has been a perfect balance of pain and privilege.

Bryant Heinzelman
Art installation of shoes along the Danube in memory of Jews killed in Budapest, Hungary, in World War II

It’s important to retell the hideous and barbaric events that occurred in Hungary at the end of World War II because they provide important lessons for us today.

Cammy S. Bourcier


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