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Speaking truth to power is not an easy task, especially when God or the President of the United States are the perpetrators of injustice. Sadly, we’re still waiting for a political Abraham to emerge.

Jacob Gurvis
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Our lives are so hurried and hectic that sometimes we need time just to catch our breath. This is the purpose of Shabbat.

Rabbi Rick Schechter
The author poses with her grandparents in what looks like a hotel lobby

Judaism teaches us to value those who have spent more time on earth. We learn about the concept of honoring your mother and father at a young age, which many interpret as respecting elders.

Abby Kamen
Family portrait of the author and his wife gazing lovingly at one another while she holds their newborn daughter in the nursery

The need for tikkun olam has never been more urgent. I see it as my duty to instill these ideals in my daughter, and I find myself hungry for a Jewish community in which we can share our dedication to them.

Robert Schurz
View through barbed wire at barracks as in a concentration camp

All of a sudden, I got very scared, realizing in a very visceral way that my children will never hear firsthand a story of the Holocaust.

Sophie Elwood
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Several times during the year, the Jewish calendar places joyous and challenging holidays near each other. What lessons we take from this juxtaposition?

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
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Last week was a bad week for Israel and the Jews, a week in which the worst instincts of our brethren were enabled and acted upon

Alden Solovy
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My rabbi’s ‘’faith principles” and their many modes of expression ring true for me and my intersectional identity as a Black woman who is Jewish.

Yolanda Savage-Narva
Boxes of donations in support of immigrant children and families

Our congregation in McAllen, TX, is the go-to congregation for donations in support of immigrant families; the response from the Reform Jewish community has been amazing.

Mike Blum
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I have a story to tell you. It’s about a tiny bird. But I’ll come back to that.

Rabbi Billy Dreskin

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