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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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A black question mark amidst clouds on a blue background

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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An older woman instructing preschool ballet students

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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Wooden gavel placed atop law books on a desk

One week after participating in HIAS's immigrant justice delegation to San Diego, CA, I was still haunted by memories of the men, women, and children getting up in the early hours of the day to be at the U.S. border at 4:00 a.m. to plead their case in court — before being returned to Mexico by armed guards to await a hearing. I could only think of my ancestors who struggled to get to America, where they would be safe and free to thrive. They were met by the Statue of Liberty welcoming them, not a border wall saying, “You are not welcome here.”


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