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Intrinsically linked to Israel's war of independence against the countries that surround her, Yom HaAtzmaut symbolizes the belief that by standing strong, the state of Israel will persevere for all time.
In Rio, the biggest congregation is Reform, the 900-family Associação Religiosa Israelita (ARI). Founded by German Jews in 1942, it now attracts Jews of all kinds drawn to modernity, egalitarianism, and the balancing of spirituality and rationalism. The congregation is always bustling with religious, cultural, and social activities.
Rabbi Leonid Bimbat is rabbi of Congregation Le-Dor va-Dor in Moscow. What should travelers not miss in Moscow?
For children, traditions and rituals are significant; they provide predictability, support, and familiarity, while bringing families together and creating unity and a sense of belonging.
Rabbi Lennard Thal, senior vice president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, has served as visiting rabbi of United Hebrew Congregation in Singapore for the past 20 years.