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A man in a kippah walks by a wall of photos of people who disappeared during Guatemalas internal armed conflict

It’s time we stop treating refugees like criminals and come to love our neighbors – in Guatemala and beyond – as ourselves.

David Wirtschafter
Aerial flatlay of a variety of Purim related objects and items including masks hamantaschen and a bottle of wine

Purim festivities don't square with what I know about the harmful side of alcohol: It destroys people’s lives. What message are we sending our children?

Juliette Hirt
Purim spread featuring hamantaschen party favors and two glasses of white wine

As we prepare to celebrate Purim, a festival of merriment and joy, many Jews will be celebrating by

Caroline Dorn
Sarah Friedman stands at a podium bearing the name NFTY Convention

"Connection doesn’t have to be this huge thing. It can be small things, too, that make just as big of an impact."

Sarah Friedman
Man standing at the end of a pier during sunset

If you saw me in my nice suit driving my nice car on the way to my nice job, you might think, “That man is blessed.” At one level, you would be correct. At another level, not so much.

Richard Reiss
Doctors coat with a diagnosis pad reading ADHD

Jewish wisdom says every human being is deserving of dignity and respect – and that certainly holds true whether or not they have a college degree.  

Christo Chaney
Woman's head and neck in shadow/profile with bright flash/sun behind eyes and forehead

Mania can be challenging. Normally, it’s fairly easy to act properly and lawfully. But when much of your brain is malfunctioning, it can be difficult, if not impossible.

Juliette Hirt
Glory Mayreis stands at a podium bearing the name NFTY Convention

In eighth grade, I finally came to terms with my LGBTQ identity. A year later, standing outside our synagogue on a Friday night, I came out to my twin brother.

Glory Mayreis
Benjamin Netanyahu head and shoulders shot

Oslo Diaries, a valuable perspective on a missed opportunity for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, reminds us there were sincere peace proponents on both sides.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Stack of newspapers with one prominently proclaiming a scandal

As we witness public figures dismantled by the revelation of ugly episodes from their pasts, we parents must distill these events and their aftermath for our children.

Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin

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