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With the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision approaching, let’s turn to a page in history that led to legal abortion.

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross
Silhouettes of four women against the sunset

My daughter Eleanor is fierce, feisty, and independent – and I want her to stay that way. I want her and her brother, Julian, to always have strong female role models in their lives and to know that women can be powerful actors.

Rabbi Jordana Chernow-Reader

Inspired by Kwanzaa, a festival celebrated by many African Americans in which each day of the holiday (from December 26 – January 1) is dedicated to a different core principle, my family and I dedi

Amy Soule
Nosanchuk Kotel

At the ancient Temple, our rabbis warned us about unchecked hatred. Recently at this very site, I shoved and pushed to protect others from such hate.

Rabbi Robert A. Nosanchuk

The end is near. When we wake up on November 9th, it will be over. And what happens then? We get up and go to work.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Most people, if they’ve heard of her at all, connect Emma Lazarus to the most famous phrases of her sonnet, “The New Colossus,” written to help raise money for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal fund in 1883. But poems she translated and composed before that generated another kind of legacy.

Barbara Krasner

Despite the long-held belief that there is no domestic violence in Jewish families, rates of abuse in the Jewish community mirror those in the general public.


Marcia Cohn Spiegel

Nearly 40 years ago, I stood on the bimah as a bat mitzvah, the first young woman in my family to celebrate my Jewish coming of age. Its significance was totally lost on me, however. Having been raised to believe that both boys and girls could pretty much do anything they wanted, what was the big deal, I wondered.

Abigail Fisher

It began as many new relationships do: I was curious but tentative. How would this new entity fit into my life? Did I really need it? Could I make room for it in my over-stuffed brain and on my increasingly crowded bookshelves? I received The Torah: A Women’s Commentary as a gift during my fourth year of rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein

So far, my time in Israel has been filled with more questions than answers. One of the things I’m most excited about this year is the opportunity to live in Israel, to experience daily life here, and to ask as many questions as possible (and learn to be comfortable living without easy answers). My experiences here so far have given me a taste of what Progressive Judaism in Israel looks like.

Deborah Goldberg


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