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Frieda Hershman Huberman, the author, holding a prayer book at the Kotel

Despite the imperative to be joyous during the Hebrew month of Adar, I cried recently at the Western Wall during Rosh Chodesh services marking the new month.

Frieda Hershman Huberman
Corner of census form and a pen atop stars and stripes of the American flag

Although most Americans may not rank the census as a top policy priority, ensuring a fair and accurate census is critical to the core of our representative democracy.

Matt Fidel
Four bullet holes close together in a pane of glass

I’m a teacher who has enjoyed shooting sports – but, no. I will never carry a weapon in a classroom.

David Stanley
Female summer campers dressed all in white as is customary for Shabbat services at Jewish camp

I promise that for the rest of my life, I will fight for your safety. I will fight for your freedom from fear. I will fight in memory of Alyssa Alhadeff, and in honor of all of you.

Madeline Budman
Silver crystal studded crown lying on pillowy satin material

Themes relating to gender are especially relevant this Purim, as sexual harassment and assault allegations against high-profile men continue to emerge.

Josefin Dolsten (JTA)
Closeup of a police siren in the dark with colorful but blurry lights  in the distance

As Reform Jews, our task is to challenge America's conscience. Here, yet again, we offer words, prayers, and concrete ways to take action to prevent gun violence.

Kate Kaput
Little girl hugging her father while holding a teddy bear

As a Jewish preschool director just an hour north of Parkland, FL, my office has been a buzz of activity after 17 people were murdered at a local high school.

Tammy Kaiser, M.S.J.E.
Red paper lanterns hanging over a street at twilight

My father is fond of reminding my family of how lucky we are to be Chinese and Jewish. “Three New Year celebrations means three chances for a fresh start!

Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin
Torn red paper heart held together by a Bandaid against a white background

 A day of love, romance, flowers, chocolate, amorous notes, and intimate poems turned into one of hate, fear, bloodshed, tragedy, and death. 

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
Bedside table with an alarm clock flowers and a mug of tea

It is a mitzvah to keep our bodies safe. It is a mitzvah to protect the bodies of others.

Rabbi Ruth Adar

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