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Adult hands cupping a childs hands holding a red plastic heart atop a blue wooden table

This Mother’s Day, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite stories about moms to share with you. 

Kate Kaput
Line of red tealight candles lit in the dark

This Shabbat, we say Mourner's Kaddish for all those lives lost to gun violence thus far in 2018.

the Religious Action Center
Upturned hands holding a lit candle in the darkness as in prayer or mourning

At least 300 are dead and 125 injured after an attack on a Sufi mosque in the Northern Sinai on Friday, including at least 27 children. 

Alden Solovy
Rabbi Jonah Pesner delivers a prayer at the National Cathedrals interfaith vigil for victims of the Las Vegas shootings

At the Washington National Cathedral's interfaith prayer service to mourn the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, I offered the following words of comfort and prayer.

 
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Bullet casing lying on broken ground

The Mourners Kaddish begins "Yitgadal v'yitkadash sh'may rabba," "Exalted and Holy be Your great name" - yet little feels holy today, following another mass shooting.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Closeup of the white flowers on a tree with blurry images of a graveyard in the distance behind it

I feel that it is time that we, as rabbis and as a Jewish community, begin to speak more about the environmental advantages of a traditional Jewish burial.

Fred Guttman
Hersches

Without her, there are so many empty places, empty sights, so much emptiness. Yet I never thought of retreating into the emptiness; I know my dear Phyllis wanted me to embrace life.

Joel Hersch
Gravestones on lawn in a Jewish cemetery

People often ask me how a nice Jewish girl from the Midwest landed in New York City running one of the largest Jewish funeral chapels in the region.

Stephanie Garry
Tealights lit in honor of Yom HaShoah

After hearing Rose’s story, the Shoah was transformed from solely being a part of the Jewish narrative to being a part of the human consciousness.

Tony J. Westbrook, Jr.
Black and white photo from Yad Vashem showing 1940s Jews observing a seder in the ghetto

Have you ever noticed that when we teach the Holocaust, we let the perpetrators dictate the story for us?

Dr. Deborah Fripp

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