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And at this moment, in the midst of the pandemic, we are witnessing a time of reckoning for the racial divide that has torn our society apart for so long. What does it mean to bring a baby into a world in desperate need of r’fuah sh’leimah, the full healing of body, heart, and soul?

Margie Bogdanow
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Singing during pregnancy is not without challenges, to say the least. Our bodies go through an amazing transformation during pregnancy, and many of them affect the voice.

Cantor Sheila Nesis
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We knew we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us and for our families to be woven into the details.

Tani Prell Epstein
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“Rabbi, I’m moving tomorrow and just wanted to ask you: Is there a proper way to take down my mezuzah?”

Rabbi Rachel G. Greengrass
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When our son was born, we put a modern spin on the rare tradition of pidyon haben, using the ceremony as one way to welcome him to the Jewish community.

Cantor Lauren Phillips
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The rabbi gives you a blessing, you exchange rings, you kiss, you party. How hard could it be? Harder than we thought, it turns out.

Moriah Benjoseph
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As I plan my wedding, I'm surprised by how often I've been asked whether my fiancé and I will be having a Jewish wedding. Here are some of the Jewish elements we're planning to incorporate into our big day.

Kate Bigam

Professionally and personally, I have witnessed the beauty in how the “different” can bring together families, their friends and their Jewish communities. In particular, I was privileged to be part of the process as Aubree Bella became a bat mitzvah

Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe

If you could share one piece of sage advice with a soon-to-be-married couple – your “secret to a long marriage” – what would it be?

Rabbi Paul Kipnes

I wore a button-down, tea-length peach dress with shoulder pads. My mother convinced me that it looked elegant, and that the matching peach tights really completed my look.

Cantor Aviva Marer

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