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Growing up in Ottawa, Canada, I looked forward to Victoria Day, which falls this year on Monday, May 21, as the official start of the summer season. With it comes some combination of beach, beer, barbecue, and, finally, an excuse to wear sandals and a t-shirt. This year, the long weekend will mark a more historic moment for the British Crown and the rest of the Commonwealth – the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

I admit I am a royalist, but it comes naturally; my mother is British. Waking up in the early morning hours of July 29, 1981 to watch Lady Diana Spencer marry her...

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Just as each of us must work to end gender-based violence in our country and world, we are also responsible for challenging our own community – namely the Reform Jewish community – to address its own issues of sexual assault and harassment. I take inspiration from the brave Jewish women who are taking these problems in the Jewish community into their own hands, translating #MeToo into #GamAni, and bringing needed attention to the experiences of our community's ...

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Shavuot marks the end of the counting of the Omer, the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. Many view the counting of the Omer as a spiritual and conscientious practice—but while the Reform Jewish community conscientiously counts through 49 days, we know that there are many who count days, weeks, and years as they serve time in the criminal justice system.

Today, the United States has the largest imprisoned population in the world by total number. Over-criminalization and mass incarceration have overwhelmingly affected people of color. Black men are disproportionately likely to be...

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Israeli flag in front of Jerusalem stone at the Kotel

"Our feet stood inside your gates, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem built up, a city knit together." (Psalms 122)

There are few cities in the world that have their own special day. I’ve never heard of Paris Day or Rome Day, certainly not Chicago or Boston or Los Angeles Day. Yet, this Sunday we will celebrate Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day.

This holiday was first proclaimed on 28th of Iyar, 1968, the Hebrew date on which the divided city of Jerusalem became one. The theme of the holiday is that the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967 accurately reflected the...

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Throughout the years, we at have been honored to publish countless essays about families, many of them with a focus on motherhood. We’ve shared stories from mothers, about mothers, honoring late mothers, and hoping for motherhood.

This Mother’s Day, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite stories about moms to share with you. We hope you’ll read them, enjoy them, relate to them, comment on them, and maybe share stories of your own mothers. Happy Mother’s Day!

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