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Rabbi Spratt and others working with a bar mitzvah student at the lecturn on the bimah

Learn about Rabbi Benjamin Spratt’s unusual Jewish journey and some of his insights into the Book of Leviticus.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Various tallitot on display

As the synagogue’s lockdown drill began, I bolted the door, lowered the blinds, and took a seat next to the new bar mitzvah student I’d met only minutes before.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Microphone at the front of a large room; background of photo is blurred

Even though the Jewish people are known as the “People of the Book,” sometimes our sacred stories can seem virtually inaccessible to us.

Rabbi Jessica Lenza
Torah text with silver had and tallit fringes

In the process of becoming b’nai mitzvah, adult students grapple, struggle, and wrestle, and in the end, always bring Torah to life and life to Torah.

Rabbi Lisa S. Greene
Open book with Hebrew writing and gold page marker across one page

A new translation of the Books of Psalms offers a fresh perspective on these ancient poems.

Kristine Henriksen Garroway, Ph.D.
Assorted rocks and stones on wet sand; largest one says Blessings

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, our Torah readings take up the story of Jacob. Learn how these seemingly different topics dovetail beautifully.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Unfurled Torah lying on a blue fabric with a light red fireworks pattern

Each Monday, shares the gift of the guidance of eminent modern-day scholars and leading Jewish thinkers via Reform Voices of Torah.


Audrey Merwin
Torah scrolls wrapped with pink fabric ties

In the lead-up to the Christian celebration of Easter, which overlapped with Passover, the Pew Research Center shared data about the way religious Americans view their holy texts. Here are highlights from the Jewish end of things:

Kate Bigam

I think of my mother, Ann (Chana) of blessed memory, every day. As the yahrzeit (anniversary) of her death approaches, however, more and more, my thoughts focus on her. This year will mark 22 years since she passed away and I feel the need to honor her memory in a special manner that will be meaningful to me.

At this point in my life, I am over the initial loss. Nevertheless, certain things such as learning Torah or performing mitzvot (commandments) in her memory not only comfort and strengthen me, they also keep her spirit alive for me in a tangible way.

Sharon Mann

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


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