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A snapshot of two laughing men one Haredi Jewish with a long beard and the other with close cropped brown hair

My first Yiddish lesson in Israel did not go well - but an unlikely friendship with Yisroel, a Haredi restaurateur, saved the day.

Matt Adler
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The Forward's "Rabbis Riundtable" series asked 25 rabbis of all denominations to answer this difficult question. Here's how the Reform rabbis on the list respoded.

Kate Bigam
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The Forward​ asked 17 rabbis, "What is the biggest threat facing the Jewish people today?” Here's what the three Reform-affiliated rabbis on the list had to say

Kate Bigam
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After the ceremony,  Israeli after Israeli came to me to say, "So this is what Progressive Judaism looks like? How do I learn more?"

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
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Recently, Israel’s prime minister reneged on an agreement for an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel. In the aftermath, what can we learn from the Talmud?

Rabbi Elyse Frishman
Women at the Kotel holding a prayer shawl over other women who are reading from the Torah

My mixed impressions about Rosh Chodesh Adar will still take some time to settle, but I feel enriched and empowered knowing that each small step is meaningful in the ongoing struggle for all Jews to feel welcome and respected at that holy space.  

Sharon Mann
Seated Orthodox Jewish man reading the Torah at the Western Wall

You might not know it, but if you stay at a hotel while visiting Israel, about 10% of your bill goes to certify that the food and facilities are kosher in the eyes of the state-sponsored, ultra-Orthodox Rabbinate.

Anat Hoffman
Signs requiring women to dress modestly written in both English and Hebrew in Beit Shemesh

In representing the brave religious women of Beit Shemesh, we did a lot more than remove modesty signs from their town. We now have a legal precedent that can expedite the removal of similar signs anywhere in Israel.

Anat Hoffman

There were 14 Torah scrolls and hundreds of committed Jews standing with one goal: to hold an egalitarian service at the Kotel.

Anat Hoffman

Together, my travel group and I visited Greenwood, MS, where the community at Ahavath Rayim, formerly an Orthodox synagogue, hosted us for Shabbat services. Just as we came from different places yet are united in our Judaism, so, too, did the congregants of Ahavath Rayim show just how diverse – and yet how linked – American Jews can be.

Jonah Wiener-Brodkey

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