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Young woman carrying a Torah scroll through the congregation at camp

A new adult education curriculum helps us explore what it means to be a Reform Jew today – reassessing Judaism as a source of inspiration, guidance, resilience, and hope.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
The author wearing a tallit and tefillin

Yes, I wear a prayer shawl and phylacteries when I pray but it has taken me years to get over judging myself as a woman wearing items “traditionally” worn only by men.

Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz
Feet and ankles of a person lying in a hammock

In six steps, God takes the world from utter chaos to exquisite organization and then stops to rest. This is an example for all of us to follow.

Rabbi Ruth Adar
Hanging kitchen utensils

The rabbis of Pirkei Avot bring us four kinds of students, and the Mishnah goes on to compare each one to a different kitchen utensil.

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross

Every Hanukkah, we thank God for the miracle of the season. But what was the miracle? Simply this: The Maccabees and their legacy survived.

Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach

Something historic occurred last week. It was more than a simple nomination. It is nothing less than a challenge to all of us: to acknowledge our diversity and to see the Divine in each and every human being.

Rabbi Fred Guttman

My love and reverence for my father grew stronger, paradoxically, the more I departed from the details of his teachings. Why? Because it was my father, a learned Orthodox Jew, who set me out on the path of inquiry.

Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin
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
Silvery eye mask with black ties, seemingly discarded

I must be honest. Purim is not my favorite holiday. Truth is, I was never a big costume person. Probably a therapist’s delight!

Nonetheless, I was a “good” mom and put aside my own mishagas (craziness) and helped my daughters with Purim costumes and parades so that we made it through enough years dressing up as characters from the story. However, it wasn't too long before they both expressed a similar “love” for costumes and parades and so Purim became a minor holiday in our house.

Dr. Madelyn Mishkin Katz
Wooden gavel and sound block

Anyone who has been a synagogue member or professional knows that the synagogue president is the unsung hero of Judaism in America. The synagogue president, often by personal nature and always by congregational legislation, is the number one volunteer at a synagogue, performing work that often borders on being a full-time, albeit unpaid, job. The president is charged with vast governance, management, and financial powers. Partnering with the clergy, overseeing the business operations of the synagogue, presiding over the governance of the congregation, and serving as the chief financial officer and revenue generator is just the tip of the iceberg of a modern synagogue president’s responsibilities.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.


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