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Six postage stamps honoring five U.S. presidents: FDR, Teddy Roosevelt, Washington, JFK, Lincoln, and Washington

American Jewish leaders used to insist that there is no such thing as “Jewish politics,” but their actions tell a quite different story.

Jonathan D. Sarna
American flag with a stone that has a Star of David on it resting across one corner of the flag

In his new book, Steven R. Weisman offers a compelling narrative about the formation of the Jewish religion in the U.S., touching on themes important to Reform Jews.

Jo-Ann Mort
Close up on American flag; stars in the foreground, stripes in the background

This year, Flag Day offers us a unique opportunity to reflect on the intersection of faith and patriotism in the context of flag etiquette.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.

I know from conversations I have had with Israelis, they find it difficult, if not impossible, to understand how Jews can feel so at home, so safe, so self-assured in the United States. For so many of our co-religionists—those who were forced to flee from oppressive regimes in the former Soviet Union, or Ethiopia, or those whose parents and grandparents fled from or grew up in the ashes of state-sanctioned hatred—they cannot possibly understand how we can live so calmly and unafraid in this nation. They can’t quite understand what it means to be an American and a Jew.

Rabbi Anthony Fratello
Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise

A conversation with Rabbi David Ellenson, past president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, about the founder of the Reform Movement, Rabbi I

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Yom Kippur services during World War II

“Showing up,” Woody Allen once noted is “80 percent of life.” Fair enough, but what about the other 20 percent?

Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein, Ph.D.
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