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Colorful and intricate stained glass window depicting Moses holding the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments

It would be rare today to visit a synagogue and not see a visual portrayal of the two rounded tablets of the law.

Jenna Weissman Joselit
Young girl learning to shake the lulav

There aren’t many people out there willing to uproot their entire lives to relocate to Dothan, Alabama.

Stephanie Butler
Torah with kippah and yad

Dear William:

Jane E. Herman
Womans feet barefoot on jagged rocks

On day three (or was it four? Trazadone made evenings blurry), I realized that this wasn’t working: I was barely out of my mid-20s and found myself inpatient in a psychiatric hospital three times.

Sharon Rosenblatt
Closeup of a mans hand with his index finger running across a Braille page

Louis Braille was born in Coupvray, France, in 1809. When he was 3 years old, he accidentally poked himself in the eye with his dad's awl and became blind.

Arielle Silverman
Blond mother looking down as she tries to soothe a crying baby she holds in her arms

My beautiful, screaming daughter was born May 30th.

Rabbi Sandra Cohen
Group of smiling people holding cardboard signs supporting Muslims

Holding signs of support, we gathered at the local mosque as part of an interfaith group of the faithful and other community leaders. We were participants on a journey others so aptly led.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Am Shalom congregants await arriving Syrian family

In 22 years of being a rabbi, I don't think I've ever been as proud of a congregation as I was when 22 representatives of Am Shalom in Glencoe, IL, gathered

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
Stone MLK statue in Washington

This year, Temple Emanuel of Greensboro, N.C., will hold its 22nd annual MLK Shabbat Service.

Rabbi Fred Guttman
Couple holding hands with no faces visible

Although you might think that Lisa, my Jewish-by-birth partner, asked me to take a URJ the Introduction to Judaism course with her to

Alex Lussenhop

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