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G-clef and musical notes written in chalk on a blackboard

Nigunim, wordless melodies, can take numerous forms: some are fast and energetic, others are ponderous and slow, still others dance back and forth between joy and sorrow.

Cantor David Berger
Silver yad pointing to Hebrew text in Torah scroll

Chants used to read Torah may be an unusual metaphor to assess one’s inner nature, but the symbols that help vocalists create the melodies can be quite revealing.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Side view of grocery cart containing produce, bread, and several other items

Although Israel is filled with many religious people, most supermarket visits don’t come with a side of checkout-line-blessings like the ones I witnessed recently.

Chelsea Feuchs
A row of five women with arms intertwined, seen from the back

Often, women are set in opposition to one another, believing that to succeed we have to be more successful than other women in every aspect of our lives.

Madeline Mardiks
Shards of broken glass

Today Jews will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass), the first large-scale attack on German Jews in the Third Reich.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Noah benShea, author of the Jacob the Baker series of books

According to Noah benShea, author of the Jacob the Baker series, Jacob’s spiritual message of hope and kindness transcends any one religion.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Congregants welcoming Shabbat with arms linked together

There’s nothing unique about my grief following the murders in Pittsburgh except that the fear imbedded in it is new to me.

Pam Chernoff
Vote buttons, streamers, and confetti, all in red, white, and blue

Today is the day we act by voting – taking the step that will help move us from desiring a better world to building a better world.

Julie Bank
Street view of Tree of Life Congregation building in Pittsburgh

It was Sunday morning. There should have been parents dropping off children for Sunday school, people out walking dogs, running, biking. Instead it was just… silent.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Damage caused to cemetery fence by a tree that fell during Hurricane Florence

Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov was new to her congregation in Wilmington, NC, when she faced an unprecedented challenge: a Category 4 hurricane during the Days of Awe.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer


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