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Crying gets a bad rap.

Rabbi Erin Polansky
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Our rabbinic teachers of old offered a different tactic to living life. They invited us to count the blessings we have today and to enjoy the lives we are living. 

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
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As we prepare to ring in 2019, we look back on the year we leave behind, and… whew, what a year!​

Kate Kaput
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Learn about Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, the Union for Reform Judaism’s director of Israel engagement, and what he brings to the table when it comes to this critical work.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
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This week marks the digital and DVD release of All About Nina, a film by writer/director Eva Vives and inspired by some of her own experiences.

Chris Harrison
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In earlier days, I might have avoided any fuss and simply hurried out – but on that fifth day of Hanukkah, Santa stamps in hand, I headed to customer service.

Deborah Rood Goldman
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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
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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
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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


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