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A cupped pair of hands palms facing upward that appears to be holding sparkling dots of light

Around the High Holidays, we may find ourselves remembering loved ones who have died, feeling the emptiness at the holiday table or in the pews during services.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Four college students from behind talking and walking along the outside of an academic building

Leaving our son at college for his first year, my wife and I are full of confidence, pride, and excitement, and we shed a few tears, too.

Rabbi Neal Gold
Family kitchen table topped with food and drinks with living room chairs visible in the background

What we do and say at the kitchen table, how we behave, and how we put down or lift up others all become engraved in people’s memory and the libretto of their grief when we die.

Rabbi Ben Kamin
Bowl of bright pink borscht garnished with hard-boiled egg and greens

My kids would rather starve than eat a blintz or other food with roots in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. They’ll have to find other ways to connect to their Jewish past.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Three female campers smiling at the camera in a photo taken at camp in the 1980s

I ultimately landed in my career as a therapist - also known as a counselor - & I often notice that some of the most basic skills in my field I learned at camp, where the seeds of my career were planted

Shayna Warner
The author poses with her grandparents in what looks like a hotel lobby

Judaism teaches us to value those who have spent more time on earth. We learn about the concept of honoring your mother and father at a young age, which many interpret as respecting elders.

Abby Kamen
Family portrait of the author and his wife gazing lovingly at one another while she holds their newborn daughter in the nursery

The need for tikkun olam has never been more urgent. I see it as my duty to instill these ideals in my daughter, and I find myself hungry for a Jewish community in which we can share our dedication to them.

Robert Schurz
Closeup of the hands and Converse sneakers of a teenage girl sitting on asphalt

At the Pride service my transgender daughter recently organized at our temple, she noted how she has always felt at home there. As her mom, those words warmed my heart.

Alisa Gold
The author with his newborn daughter

As a new father in the era of #metoo, I want to empower my daughter by giving her the necessary tools and confidence to overcome whatever obstacles might land in her path.

Isaac Nuell
Man and young boy kicking a soccer ball on a grassy field

Although I never knew my father, four Jewish male mentors made meaningful contributions to my life in my formative years.

Jerry Kaye

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