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Mania can be challenging. Normally, it’s fairly easy to act properly and lawfully. But when much of your brain is malfunctioning, it can be difficult, if not impossible.

Juliette Hirt
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In April 2015, when I was 15 years old, I learned that my grandfather had taken his own life after fighting with anxiety and depression for many years.

Leora Greene
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When a wildfire leveled my home when I was 20, I fell into a deep depression. Later, when I began to re-engage, I started to associate my emergence with Tu BiShvat.

Juliette Hirt
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Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year, but for those of us who struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating, it can be one of the most challenging.

Julia Tortorello-Allen
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Who shall live, and who shall die? During this season, it is a topic to which we give much thought.

William Page
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Judaism calls upon us to work in partnership with God. In addition to prayers for healing, what can we offer to those whose souls are ailing?

Stacey Zisook Robinson
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More than peace, shalom means well-being, health, wholeness, and prosperity. How can we achieve this precious blessing in our lives – for our loved ones and ourselves?

Rabbi Rick Schechter
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As Reform Jews, our task is to challenge America's conscience. Here, yet again, we offer words, prayers, and concrete ways to take action to prevent gun violence.

Kate Kaput
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We are compelled to confess how we are failing our veterans.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
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When Holocaust survivors tried to tell their stories, most people – even therapists – would not listen to or believe them. The consequences have been multigenerational.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

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