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Kotel (Western Wall) crowded with throngs of visitors

Remarkable unity characterized the Jewish people in the days before receiving Torah at Sinai. Today, such unity isn’t always visible in the Jewish world.

Rabbi David Jaffe
Israeli flag in front of Jerusalem stone at the Kotel

There is the Jerusalem on high and the Jerusalem of below. The Jerusalem of Old and of New. The Jerusalem of West and of East. The Jerusalem of Gold and of Iron.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Israeli flag on a pole in the foreground; people watching the sun set in the background

Israel Independence Day celebrates the oneness of the Jewish people in all its colorful diversity. What if we carried that spirit with us every day?

Maya Glasser
Young woman looking back over her shoulder and smiling

At the Kotel, I was confused as to why I was being completely rejected from the most central place of meaning in my religion. I didn’t know how to react.

Angelica Vohland
Side by side  black and white portraits of a health care provider in her white jacket and then again in workout clothes posing with a bicycle

A photographer shares captivating portraits of hospital staff - Jews, Arabs, Christians and Muslims - who reflect the same diversity as the 600,000 residents they serve.

Sharon Mann
Two men and two women praying at an egalitarian section of the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem

Despite a nasty response as the Reform community celebrated the ordination of the 100th Israeli Reform rabbi at the Kotel, we persisted, dancing with our Torah scrolls. 

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Reform Movement teen leaders with Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, the author of the blog post, at the Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit

Reform teens meaningfully engaged with Judaism seek arenas in which caring American Jews can delve into matters internal to Israel’s societal well-being.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Bright red stop sign against a bright blue sky with clouds

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
Two gold wedding band lying atop the spine of an open book with a heart shaped shadowed on the pages beneath them

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
Arm reaching up to put note in the Kotel (Western Wall)

On Yom Kippur, Isaiah’s powerful prophetic metaphors call us to reflect upon the moral and spiritual shortcomings that stand in the way of the Jewish people’s progress.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald

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