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Jewish tradition is filled with questions.  

Scouring the Garden of Eden, God called out to the primeval Earthling: “Where are you?” 

Abraham brazenly challenged God: “But if there are 50 righteous people, will You still destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?”  

In Isaiah’s transcendent vision of a prophet’s being summoned to Divine service, God demands: “Who will go for us?”  

Hillel forces an immediacy to his moral imperatives by saying: “And if not now, then when?” 

And in the Haggadah, the troubled child asks: “But what does all of this have to do with me...

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Assortment of knit kippot in piles on a table

Kippot (plural of kippah, which in Hebrew means yarmulkes or skullcaps) are religiously and culturally important pieces of Jewish prayer garb. Typically, kippot are small velvet, suede, or knitted skullcaps that cover only the upper back part of the scalp, but they are also available in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs.

Some wearers consider their kippot to be an extension of their personality, which is something...

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The author, Rabbi Josh Stanton, waiting at ICE, to post bond

First, I opened a separate bank account.

Then, I received the name of the “friend” from the New Sanctuary Coalition, for whom I would be posting bond, so that he could be released from an immigrant detention center.

Then, New Sanctuary Coalition wired me the funds in the amount of the bond.

Then, from the bank check, I had a check made out to the Department of Homeland Security (and triple-checked the spelling, lest I cause it to be invalid).

Then, I walked with it and the requisite paperwork into the heart of...

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Scott A. Shay, founder of Signature Bank, is an entrepreneur, thought leader, Jewish community activist, and author of two books: Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry and In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, a National Jewish Book Award finalist and voted one of the best books...

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Marc Freedman is president and CEO of, an innovation hub that taps the talent of people over 50 as a force for good. He is the author of five books, including most recently, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations.

Named a Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum, he co-founded Experience Corps to mobilize people over 50 to...

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