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As a young girl, I was very compliant. If I was told to do something, I generally did it; if I was told not to do something, I usually didn’t. Of course, there were exceptions – ah, the motorcycle ride – but I think of myself as a rule follower. On occasion, I may take on a leadership role to change the rules, but I generally don’t like to break them.

I was somewhat surprised, therefore, to find myself bent over, my head in the ark of an old synagogue in Kolin, Czech Republic. Around me, a tour guide and others were yelling at me in a variety of languages, including German:

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My mother-in-law, Bette Jo, has been an active member of her synagogue for years, and some of her closest friends are those she met participating in her temple sisterhood. These are the women whose kids grew up alongside my husband and his brothers, and who jumped at the chance to throw me a fantastic bridal shower when I married Kenny. Several of them made the trek to Los Angeles to celebrate our nuptials with us, and a couple even acted as official witnesses during our ketubah (marriage contract) signing ceremony. Over the years, some of Bette Jo’s sisterhood friends and I have connected...

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God speaks, things happen Light and dark, heaven and earth, The seas and dry land The sun and the moon Creatures of the air, sea, land Then man and woman Finally, Shabbat A day set aside for rest Sanctified by God Genesis 1:3: God said. "Let there be light" and there was light. Genesis 2:3: God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it, because on that day God had rested from all the work of creation.Image © Depositphotos.com/DesignPicsInc

Following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, there was no central place for Jews to make sacrifices and worship God. As such, prayer replaced sacrifice, and the study of Torah - including the Five Books of Moses and all Jewish teachings that followed - became a primary expression of commitment to a Jewish way of living.

The rabbis who emerged following the destruction of the Temple believed that Judaism could remain vibrant, meaningful, and relevant, if they, and all Jews, chose for it to be so. Much like our ancestors, we too are faced with the challenge of maintaining...

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One of the best parts about my job as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is constantly meeting people who are passionate advocates for the causes they believe in. Not only do these interactions reinvigorate my optimism for success on the issues I work on, but they also inspire me to learn and engage in new issues too. I had one such experience over the last two days. I showed up to the Nothing But Nets Champion Summit a few weeks ago as part of the RAC team...

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