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Dictionary opened to page with definition of anti-Semitism highlighted

Learn how one writer grapples with this question: Do Jews lack an independent existence, defined only by others, or do they exist by choice, even if as a minority?

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Italian flag/banner with Italy written underneath

Even though none of my DNA seems to speak Italian, there is a distinct 2,000-year-old connection between my mom’s ancestral line and that boot-shaped country on the Mediterranean.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
worn baseball glove holding baseball in foreground; wooden baseball bat in back

The start of baseball season reminds me that as a young boy in Southern California in 1965, I thought only one thing when I heard the word “hero”: Sandy Koufax.

Jared Goldin
Woman and dog sitting on dock facing the water at sunset

More than peace, shalom means well-being, health, wholeness, and prosperity. How can we achieve this precious blessing in our lives – for our loved ones and ourselves?

Rabbi Rick Schechter
Pocketwatch partially buried in sand

Two years ago, for the first time ever, I didn’t attend a seder. A virulent infection was poisoning my body and I was fighting for my life.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
President Harry S. Truman and Eddie Jacobson

President Truman’s prompt recognition of the state of Israel in 1948 might not have happened without Eddie Jacobson, a little-known Reform Jew from Kansas City, Missouri.

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
Five shiny silver dollars on a blue background

When our son was born, we put a modern spin on the rare tradition of pidyon haben, using the ceremony as one way to welcome him to the Jewish community.

Cantor Lauren Phillips
Mother and daughter having serious conversation across a table

As my children will attest, I can be “bossy.”  I try to step back and let them live their lives as independent adults, but it’s hard.

Deborah Rood Goldman
Statue of Liberty in shadow with sun shining behind her

Learn how the author of this special Passover reading views the many blessings America has offered Jews throughout history.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
People sitting at a seder table

Here are seven resources from ReformJudaism.org and elsewhere in the Jewish world you can use to help you create the best seder ever.

Jane E. Herman

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