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Group photo of about two dozen adults standing on a river bank wearing kayaking gear on a sunny day

For our second year, my husband and I ventured to upper Michigan with 21 other happy campers (including our rabbi!) from Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe, IL.

Kerry Leaf
Four college aged friends in colorful clothing sitting on a bench together smiling and making funny faces

It’s that time of the year again: moving into new dorms and apartments, buying pens and notebooks, and double-checking schedules to make sure you get to the right class.

Evan Traylor
Two smiling woman in army uniforms

Sexual violence is a denial of the Jewish belief in the fundamental dignity of every individual and an abhorrent violation of the sanctity and wholeness of the body and health of another person.

Maya Weinstein
Babys arm on hospital blankets wearing a blue hospital ID bracelet around its wrist

Our family rejected one name’s legacy of slavery for another’s possible intimation of anti-Semitism. It was a small, quiet act of brit olam, our vision for a world filled with justice and compassion.

Joan Hocky
computer keyboard with three additional keys: thumbs up (green), thumbs down (red), and thumbs neutral (yellow)

As we turn to the start of a new Jewish year, perhaps we can be inspired by the all-too-familiar customer satisfaction survey to evaluate our spiritual lives.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Battered blue mailbox against green pine trees

These excerpts of letters between and old friend and me offer a glimpse into the heart of a searching young Jew. 

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Three people, each holding a different sign in front of their face: one depicting Islam (crescent and star), one Christianity (cross), and one Judaism (Star of David)

Something special is going on in this class: Youth and middle age. Muslim, Christian, and Jew. Arab and Israeli. Secular and religious.

Alden Solovy
Palms turned upward toward the sky with a light shining down

In theory, no one wants to be that person who can’t let go, who refuses the request for forgiveness. But is it really possible, or even right, to forgive everything?

Rabbi Alana Suskin (JTA)
open book with a pair of glasses on the page; cell phone on table next to book

As the High Holidays approach, once again I am reading S.Y. Agnon’s Days of Awe. As much as the book means to me, though, the person who gave it to me means more.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Sharpened pencil sitting on a blank notebook surrounded by pencil shavings

For children, traditions and rituals are significant; they provide predictability, support, and familiarity, while bringing families together and creating unity and a sense of belonging.

Sarah Koffler

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