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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
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
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

https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/shabbat

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
The word gratitude revealed when butcher paper is torn away; the whole graphic is outlined with a heart-shaped red line

To be truly grateful, we have to learn to get out of our own way. This Thanksgiving, before we can practice gratitude, we have to tap into our own sense of humility.

Rabbi Marc Katz
Hands in snow-covered red gloves forming a heart

#GivingTuesday provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate one of the most fundamental teachings of Jewish tradition: tending to the needs of others in our community.

Riva Silverman

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