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Two person shaped puzzle pieces against a pink background

Rabbi Hillel famously taught, “What is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary. Now go and study.” So what does it really mean?

Chris Harrison
Haley Stav on stage presenting her address on the bimah

It's been one year since the shooting at my high school that left 17 injured and another 17 dead.

Haley Stav
A five by three grid in which each square contains the face of a different person

For years, I imagined God as a living human being walking amongst us each day. How foolish I was to personify such an inconceivable force.

Anna Calamaro
Buddish temple in China, visited by the author

As Rosh HaShanah approached last year, I was living in southwestern China, where I celebrated by eating apples and explaining the Jewish New Year to my Chinese roommate.

Hannah Caspar-Johnson
Closeup of piano keys

On the night of January 21, 2005, a drunk driver paralyzed me. I was 21 and just starting my music career.

Dave Schlossberg
Baby lying on her back with feet toward the camera

We will tell her that God is many different things to many people, and no one’s ideas about God are wrong or better than anyone else’s.

Robert Schurz
Pair of hands holding two puzzle pieces

Despite my love of Jewish culture and community, I couldn’t bring myself to fully acknowledge God – a loving Creator in an imperfect world – so I ignored God entirely.

Chris Harrison
Woman in a sweater standing on a beach with her back to the camera

This poem was written by a freelance writer, dreamer, and poet who is currently exploring the story of her Jewish ancestry and identity.

Lisa Rothman
A smooth grey rock in sand surrounded by a swirl pattern in the sand

The Days of Awe offer us opportunities to consider how we spend our days and what brings us joy. This work is precisely what we need to be doing at this season.

Rabbi Ilana Schachter
Loose beads of different colors; some strung on a string

When I first learned about stringing and restringing our beads based on life experiences, I began to see my relationship with Torah as an ongoing, nonlinear process.

Jared Goldin


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