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Headshot of Rabbi Carole Balin smiling at the camera against a blurred orange and red background

To honor the uncounted women in the Book of Numbers and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. this year, Rabbi Carole Balin, Ph.D., has crafted an “alternative Book of Numbers” for her weekly Torah commentaries for Ten Minutes of Torah.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Silver Star of David and hamsa charm

I’ve highlighted some poets and poems that speak to me for the moment we are in, but I encourage you, too, to poke around on your own from among Israeli writers and find what resonates with you.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Silver hand mirror reflecting a marbled bar of soap and a string of pearls

Inspired by this week’s Torah portion, this poem plays on the idea of hester panim (the hidden face of God) and the name Esther, a key figure in the holiday of Purim.

Julia Knobloch
Author Amos Oz with Israeli activist Anat Hoffman

Amos Oz was a world-renowned Israeli writer, whose work expresses the complexity, the tragedy, and the wonder of Israel.

Anat Hoffman
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
Noah benShea, author of the Jacob the Baker series of books

According to Noah benShea, author of the Jacob the Baker series, Jacob’s spiritual message of hope and kindness transcends any one religion.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Covers of three of the books listed in this article

What are you reading this summer? Comment and let us know - and find more reads on our book reviews page.

Marissa Solomon
Israeli and Palestinian flags painted on a wall; the red triangle of the Palestinian flag is the shape of Israel turned sideways

In a best-selling new book, Yossi Klein Halevi explores the challenges of self-transformation and the quest for peace. Learn more in his interview with ReformJudaism.org.

Rabbi Robert Orkand
Almond trees in an Israeli orchard

At my seder, as at many, we go around the table, taking turns reading successive pieces of the text.

Jeremy M. Wolfe
woman's face in profile/abstract with dark hair that looks like smoke

Based on Proverbs 31:10-31, this poem is one writer’s interpretation of “Eshet Chayil” (A Woman of Valor) for the 21st century.

Stacey Zisook Robinson

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