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As I practiced my Haftarah, the words flowed, but I didn't feel emotion, perhaps because I didn't fully understand the portion. So I took the time to try to understand the meaning of the words. 

Howard Lev
Cakn river with autumn-looking trees on the far bank

Tashlich (to cast), a ritual practice of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, customarily takes place on the afternoon of Rosh HaShanah near a natural body of water.

Jane E. Herman and Stacey Zisook Robinson
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The rabbi gives you a blessing, you exchange rings, you kiss, you party. How hard could it be? Harder than we thought, it turns out.

Moriah Benjoseph
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When you think back on your life, how has it been informed or influenced by Reform Jewish practice, experiences, and community?

Elena Paull
Woman holding the Torah scrolls while other celebrate behind her

Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year, begins Wednesday, September 20, at sundown. As we prepare, emotionally and spiritually, for these Days of Awe, we offer three prayers for the season.

 
    Kate Bigam
    Brown-skinned right hand viewed from the palm side, index finger extended and pointing left

    At recent years’ Days of Awe services, I could swear I saw index fingers popping out all over the place – fingers of accusation, not of ownership or responsibility.

    Rabbi Mark Glickman
    LGBT equality rally with the focal point being a sign that reads THANK YOU EDIE WINDSOR OUR HERO

     She sued the government, becoming the plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and granted same-sex couples equal status under federal law.

    Aron Hirt-Manheimer
    Two gold wedding band lying atop the spine of an open book with a heart shaped shadowed on the pages beneath them

    After the ceremony,  Israeli after Israeli came to me to say, "So this is what Progressive Judaism looks like? How do I learn more?"

    Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
    Hand using a wooden spoon to stir a pot of soup

    My involvement with Judaism began in college, I engaged in Jewish culture in my kitchen and cooking became an accessible path into a world of Jewish tradition.

    Chelsea Feuchs
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    For our second year, my husband and I ventured to upper Michigan with 21 other happy campers (including our rabbi!) from Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe, IL.

    Kerry Leaf

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