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Prayers and Blessings

Closeup of Jerusalem stone as at the Western Wall

Last week was a bad week for Israel and the Jews, a week in which the worst instincts of our brethren were enabled and acted upon

Alden Solovy
The author and a songleader lead morning services from the front of an outdoor bimah

My renewed strength will fuel me as I return to Parkland this week to serve my congregants and community, and for that I cannot thank Kutz enough.

Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman
Woman crouching on a tile floor as she plays with detained children

As we prepare to march to demand justice for the immigrant families separated at our border, consider incorporating a reading of this prayer into your congregation's or community's observance.

Florida Reform Clergy
Child covering his face by holding a dirty hand up to the camera

As someone who loves a religion that holds the texts of the Hebrew Bible as sacred, I take issue with attempts to use the Bible as a tool to convince us we should comply blindly.

Rabbi Rachel Bearman
Young man in sweats, head down, sitting on the bottom step of a flight of stairs

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
The author in his IDF uniform at Masada

Even with support of other IDF volunteers, Basic Training was stressful, demoralizing, and chaotic. Why, then, did I volunteer to lead Kiddush at a Shabbat dinner?

Cantor David Frommer
Flatlay of travel items including a map a passport and sunglasses

In 2005-2006, I worked in Afghanistan, and to get to work, I had to travel on one of the most dangerous roads in the world. This is when I started praying for safe travels.

Kenden Alfond
People sitting at a seder table

Here are seven resources from ReformJudaism.org and elsewhere in the Jewish world you can use to help you create the best seder ever.

Jane E. Herman
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
Closeup of a police siren in the dark with colorful but blurry lights  in the distance

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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