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Remembrance

Newly lit yahrzeit candle in a spoon rest on top of a white stove

Poet Stacey Zisook Robinson reflects upon lighting a yahrzeit candle.

Stacey Zisook Robinson
Gravestones with American flags in front of each one

Memorial Day isn’t a Jewish holiday but remembering and honoring fallen military is certainly a Jewish value. Let us remember those who gave their lives in battle.

Jane E. Herman
Shiny but rumpled Israeli flag lying upon a white surface

Seventy years have gone by since the great miracle of the establishment of the State of Israel, and we are called upon to learn how to sow and reap at the same time.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv
Woman in a white robe with her hair blowing straight across her face as she aims a hairdryer at it

If you were a girl with curls in the straight-haired culture of the 1960s, you know from my angst. I owe a debt of gratitude to Rose Evansky, of blessed memory, the inventor of the blow drying technique.

Helene Cohen Bludman
Stone wall engraved with a quote from Isaiah reading YOU ARE MY WITNESSES

The Holocaust did not impact my family in the same way of my peers whose grandparents are survivors, or my colleagues whose families escaped the war. Yet as a Jew, it is still my history.

Haley Schreier
Dachau concentration camp is visible in the distance behind a long barbed wire fence

This poem reflects the intensity of bearing witness at Majdanek, the Nazi extermination camp located in Lublin. The title, “Know Before Whom You Stand,” is a phrase that often appears above the Ark in the sanctuary of the synagogue.

Rabbi Loren Sykes and Ellie Sherman

On November 14, May Peleg, a leader and activist in the Israeli LGBT community, took her own life at the age of 31.

Rabbi Noa Sattath

This week marks Transgender Awareness Week, leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance on Friday, November 20th.

Tracy Wolf

Parashat Tol’dot opens with matriarch Rebecca carrying twins – Esau and Jacob – who, even before birth, struggle each

Rabbi Harold L. Robinson

“On Rosh HaShanah, the year’s decree is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed, who will live and who will die…”

Leanna Cossman

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