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BY Michelle Ben-Aviv (JTA) 7/25/2016

Just how is infertility a Jewish issue? Our community has always placed a value on raising Jewish families.

BY Joe Epstein 7/24/2016

Why can’t we remember what it feels like to wear a yellow star? A number? Oh, America, you're breaking my heart.

BY Howard Lev 7/21/2016

At a recent Friday evening Shabbat service, my rabbi spoke to the congregation and, without singling me out, told me I was indifferent. I wasn’t angry at him for saying so – I was angry at myself because he was correct.

BY Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis 7/21/2016

Events on the 17th of Tammuz, and others that also have been ascribed to this date, are the reasons it has long been observed as a day of mourning in Jewish tradition. Though the day and the rituals of this time of year are not often marked by Reform Jews, traditionally, the 17th of Tammuz...

Why Infertility is a Jewish Issue - and What We Can Do About It BY Michelle Ben-Aviv (JTA)
Oh, America: A Prayer During Times of Violence BY Joe Epstein
After This Sermon, I Refuse to Be Indifferent BY Howard Lev
Why Summer's Parched Soil is Ripe for the Seeds of Hope BY Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis

Growing up, I always dreamed of being a mom. Even as a kid I would brainstorm baby names, tell my dolls bedtime stories and swear that I would be a cool mom and let them eat cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I had it all planned out, down to the soccer jerseys and frilly dresses my future children would wear.

It all seemed easy enough — until it wasn’t.

When my husband Matan and I experienced difficulty getting pregnant, we worried that our lifelong dream of becoming parents might never happen.

We knew from many of our friends just how common fertility issues...

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Why can’t we remember what it feels like to wear a yellow star? A number? Why can’t we imagine what it is like to be black, brown, yellow, poor, or an immigrant in America? Why can’t we feel the terror of our brother’s mental illness or our sister’s addiction? Why, oh why, can’t we imagine what it is like to be LGBT in a sea of intolerance?

Oh, America, you are breaking my heart.

What has happened to the America we have loved? Can you tell us?

When did we lose the ability to walk 40 days and 40 nights in another’s shoes? When, just when, did we lose the ability to...

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During Friday evening services, I use T’filah HaLev (Prayers of the Heart) to reflect on my thoughts about the previous week and the days to come. Lately, my thoughts have turned mostly to what is wrong in America. Though prayer may not provide answers, I find comfort in the sanctuary, where I can talk to God and let the Divine know how I feel, without being judged.

At a recent Friday evening Shabbat service, my rabbi spoke to the congregation and, without singling me out, told me I was indifferent. I wasn’t angry at him for saying so – I was angry at myself because he was correct...

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At this time of year in Israel, heat again bakes ancient stone. The land is parched, and it is easy to fall prey to fear. It can seem that the thirst of this midsummer 17th day of the month of Tammuz is not only the thirst of this year but of every summer at once. Time flattens upon itself. The stories of this day are the stories of all the 17ths of Tammuz through time.

This day, our stories say, is the day that Moses came down from the mountain. Some six weeks before, the Israelites had assembled at the foot of Mount Sinai in awe and joy at receiving the Ten Commandments. Moses...

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On June 6, the Anti-Defamation League chose to add a chilling combination of regularly-used punctuation to their database of hate symbols: The newest addition is the “echoes” symbol, a set of three parentheses that enclose a name online.

Vox explains that members of the alt-right, a politically conservative movement...

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