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Stop sign next to the word HATE written on a chalkboard

American Jewry is safe from actual attack, yes, but the Nazi chant of “You will not replace us” lives on in ongoing immigration policy, in public discourse, and in international movements

Dahlia Lithwick
Three female campers smiling at the camera in a photo taken at camp in the 1980s

I ultimately landed in my career as a therapist - also known as a counselor - & I often notice that some of the most basic skills in my field I learned at camp, where the seeds of my career were planted

Shayna Warner
Large rock monument described in this essay

We wanted to start telling the truth about the past of our city as a necessary step in mending its future.

Rabbi Tom Gutherz
closeup of a microphone with stage lights blurry in the background

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
Person sitting on a bench (in shadow) watching the sky

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
Man in black shirt pointing at smiling emoji, not at the sad or middle-of-the-road emojis.

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
Closeup of Jerusalem stone as at the Western Wall

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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