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Open book of the Koran on a small bench atop a colorful embroidered rug

I always find interfaith encounters provide myriad ways to evaluate and deepen my own faith and who better to learn about the Koran than one who has never read it?

Sofi Hersher
Israeli flag on a pole in the foreground; people watching the sun set in the background

Israel Independence Day celebrates the oneness of the Jewish people in all its colorful diversity. What if we carried that spirit with us every day?

Maya Glasser
Watermelon halves on display in Israeli market

“Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy.” Whoever wrote these words knew the depth of our collective mourning is matched only by the height of our collective joy.

Cantor Evan Kent
Reform Jewish teens seen from behind at gun violence prevention march

I don't want my daughter to know we live in a world in which she could get shot in her second-grade classroom. Am I too protective? Too naive? Too selfish?  

Lisa Samick
Group of small yellow candles; flames of background candles are slightly out of focus

To make the ceremonies and reflections of Holocaust Remembrance Day meaningful, there must be ways it informs our decisions as Jews and as human beings all year long.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Bowl of fried grasshoppers with one skewered on a long toothpick

Although we tend to limit our carnivorous palates to meat, fish, and fowl, a passage in Leviticus opens the door to crickets, locusts and grasshoppers.

Rabbi David Segal
Woman and dog sitting on dock facing the water at sunset

More than peace, shalom means well-being, health, wholeness, and prosperity. How can we achieve this precious blessing in our lives – for our loved ones and ourselves?

Rabbi Rick Schechter
Dictionary entry for Parkinson's disease

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and – in honor of the one million people living with Parkinson’s disease in the United States – I want to share my story.

Barbara Robinson, M.D.
President Harry S. Truman and Eddie Jacobson

President Truman’s prompt recognition of the state of Israel in 1948 might not have happened without Eddie Jacobson, a little-known Reform Jew from Kansas City, Missouri.

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
Five shiny silver dollars on a blue background

When our son was born, we put a modern spin on the rare tradition of pidyon haben, using the ceremony as one way to welcome him to the Jewish community.

Cantor Lauren Phillips

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