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In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, we are inspired by America’s teens and heartened by the leadership businesses are showing to confront gun violence.

Rabbi Danny Burkeman and Cantor Hollis Schachner
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I love sharing how important the greatest Jewish story ever told – the Exodus, the centerpiece of Passover – was to the original, remarkable leaders of America.

Rabbi Rick Schechter
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To welcome the stranger is to make our homes, congregations, and countries places of refuge for all. But what about welcoming the stranger into our hearts?

Sofi Hersher
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Being Black and Jewish is inextricably linked to my passion for Torah, Jewish tradition, culture, and ritual, all braided together like the strands of a loaf of challah.

Yaffa Ru’ahh
Group of students from Florida wearing MSD Strong shirts

We may never reach a full t’shuvah in our ability to forgive, but we should always strive to make the world better for future generations.​

Rabbi Melissa Stollman
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The Feminist Seder was a highlight of my youth. With the explosion of the #MeToo movement, our modern plagues could pack a renewed punch at feminist seders everywhere.

Abigail Pogrebin
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With movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, it is the time for women to mobilize using the fearless power of their voices.

Susannah R. Cohen
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It sounds like the beginning of a joke, and in truth, there’s a lot of laughter in what comes next: An imam and a rabbi walk into a conference of Reform Jews…

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Publicity poster for the documentary film "Sand on the Floor"

I recently created a documentary about a synagogue’s history and in the process, uncovered an important chapter in my own journey that began when I was a child.

Steve Rockstein
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Musar connects my Jewish learning and burgeoning spiritual awakening with what I used to call my “regular” life, the bridge between my two previously separated worlds.

Jared Goldin


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