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Blurry Christmas tree in the lobby of a building like a workplace or hotel

Sustaining a minority culture in the face of Christmas’s incessant commercial drumbeat can be exhausting.

Juliette Hirt
Microphone at the front of a large room; background of photo is blurred

Even though the Jewish people are known as the “People of the Book,” sometimes our sacred stories can seem virtually inaccessible to us.

Rabbi Jessica Lenza
Buddish temple in China, visited by the author

As Rosh HaShanah approached last year, I was living in southwestern China, where I celebrated by eating apples and explaining the Jewish New Year to my Chinese roommate.

Hannah Caspar-Johnson
Back of the legs and feet of a person on a stationary bicycle in a gym

A recent experience at the gym reminded me that, far too often, my own self-centeredness blinds me to my abundant blessings.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Young children gathered around watching a woman read from a Torah scroll

Just as it is inaccurate to paint all progressive Jews with a broad brush, the same is true for Haredim, traditionally observant or ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Chelsea Feuchs
Students and others at a rally protesting a detention center in Tornillo, TX

Recently, I traveled to Tornillo, TX, to witness and protest the detention camp there. Since my return, the experience has challenged me in ways I did not expect.

Rabbi Daniel K. Alter
Lit Hanukkah candles in the foreground; out of focus hanukkiyah in the background

Coming so soon after the massive trauma in Pittsburgh, how would Hanukkah be felt in the hearts and spirits of the people there?

Alden Solovy
People gathered around dinner tables together while a band plays

There is something very Jewish about the way I use cookbooks, and the way I use Jewish cookbooks, in particular.

Deborah Fishman Shelby
Havdallah candle and silver spice set against a blue lit background

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Havdalah isn’t much fun when I’m by myself, but I do it anyway.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Collage of the covers of all the childrens books listed in this piece

Just in time for the eight nights of Hanukkah, here are eight illustrated books that are sure to bring a smile to the face of the young Jews of Color in your life.

Chris Harrison

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