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At least 17 people are dead and more injured in a horrific shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Once again, in the wake of senseless and devastating gun violence, we mourn, we come together, we offer words of condolence – and we ask how we can prevent these tragedies from happening again.

Says Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, in a statement from the Reform Movement issued after the massacre,

I can imagine the Holy One sobbing along with us, distraught over the senseless bloodshed we’ve collectively allowed...

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Jewish chocoholics, rejoice! We've rounded up our best, chocolatiest recipes, all with Jewishly inspired origins, for you to whip up in your own kitchen. Whether you bring them to the office to share or keep them all yourself, we know you'll love these seven chocolaty options.  

1. Israeli Birthday Cake

Every birthday deserves a great cake, and this iconic, cocoa-based, richly iced, cake known as ugat yomledet (birthday cake) fits the bill – for a birthday or any festive other celebration. The recipe comes from Rabbi Deborah Prinz, a Reform rabbi who’s also a noted chocolate expert...

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Brrrr, it's chilly! OK, OK, so the weather is still lovely in plenty of parts of the world (we're lookin' at you, California and Israel), but in much of Canada and the United States, at least, winter is still in full swing. Survive the last of the cold temperatures with these recipes for tasty, Jewish-inspired soups. Spring, we're ready for you! 

Basic Chicken Soup: Chicken soup has been an icon of the Jewish table since early medieval times. Its presence defined the Shabbat table, and a Jewish wedding feast symbolically started with the soup. Says Jewish cooking expert Tina Wasserman... Read More

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On Being, hosted by award-winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author Krista Tippett, airs on more than 400 public radio stations across the U.S. Initially called Speaking on Faith, the weekly podcast aims to "[open] up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?"

At the Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial convention in December 2017, Tippett took On Being on the road, recording an episode in front of a live audience of conference attendees. Her guests were Rabbi Sarah Bassin and Imam Abdullah...

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Here at, we’re celebrating a very special birthday: Our first podcast, On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah, is turning a whopping three years old! We’re growing up so fast and getting so big. Cake, anyone? 

OK, but in all seriousness, we couldn’t be more proud of the podcast and how far it’s come in such a short amount of time. Launched in 2016 as an extension of our popular and long-running email series Ten Minutes of Torah (daily emails and blogs exploring Jewish wisdom), On the Other Hand has consistently ranked among the top Jewish podcasts on iTunes. Each...

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