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Three VOTE signs in red white and blue

In our traditional morning blessings which we call Nisim B’Chol Yom, “Daily Miracles,” we offer gratitude for being free. As American Jews, we do not take for granted the tremendous gift that we have in being free and enjoying the freedoms that every American has.

We have been thinking about this blessing regarding our freedom to vote – a freedom that Jews have not always been afforded. What a gift we have to be Jews living in America, with the right to express our opinions and raise our voices through voting.

And while Jews have not always been afforded this right, voting...

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Scene of Jerusalem with a lot of buildings made from Jerusalem stone

Life is very short, and there's no time For fussing and fighting, my friend. I have always thought that it's a crime, So I will ask you once again.

Try to see it my way, Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong. While you see it your way There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long.

We can work it out…

-The Beatles

July 18 was a rough day for liberal Zionists.

At 3 a.m. the Knesset (Israeli’s parliament) passed, by a...

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Female songleader Dawn Bernstein leads a group of campers in song in a photo from URJ GUCI camp in the 1970s

I learned to play guitar on my Dad's $20 bargain purchase from Eaton's.

It was collecting dust in his closet, and I thought I would give it a go. I really just wanted to play some of the old Peter, Paul, and Mary songs that he was so fond of so that we could sing together. I never thought of the possibilities or where that old six-string might take me.

When I was growing up, Jewish music was the sole purview of men. Even in my Reform synagogue, I had never seen a woman sing on the bimah (pulpit), with the exception of a...

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Kutz campers in a group each holding signs about why they vote

My name is Tali, and I just spent three and a half weeks learning how to be an effective and just leader.

Specifically, I participated in the "Action and Advocacy" immersive program at URJ Kutz Camp, a Reform Jewish summer camp for teen leaders, which taught me the importance of civic engagement and effective leadership when it comes to organizing and bringing people together to make change. Given this recent experience, this week’s Torah portion, Shof’tim, presents...

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Many pairs of hands forming hearts

The chirping of the end-of-summer cicadas and the waning of the season’s long, warm days are sure signs the Hebrew month of Elul is upon us. With its arrival, I begin to contemplate the approaching Days of Awe and how I can best prepare for them.

In traditional Jewish communities, the shofar is sounded at synagogue during this month of spiritual preparation. Many Jews also recite Psalm 27 twice each day, as they...

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