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The More Torah, The More Life

Rabbi Sally J. Priesand
September 23, 2021
When I became rabbi of Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls, NJ, I quickly discovered that some people in our community thought we were a church. Mail was addressed to “Monmouth Reformed Temple,” and letters were addressed “Dear Pastor.”

Creation, Chaos, and Children

Dasee Berkowitz
September 17, 2021
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. God said: “Let there be light.” And there was light.

Sukkot Breads in Fall Colors

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz
September 13, 2021
Decorate your Sukkot table with Ethiopian, North African, and Sephardi breads full of fall colors and tantalizing spice mixes and broaden our palates to the customs of worldwide Jewish communities. Laden with seasonal honey, pumpkin, or orange, they don’t need braiding, and they make perfect gifts.  

7 Jewish Endeavors to Make 5782 a Sweet New Year

Chris Harrison
September 13, 2021
It’s a long-standing custom for Jews to wish one another a “sweet new year” on Rosh Hashanah; to hope that this coming year will be one filled with joy, fulfillment, and an abundance of blessings. However, Judaism isn’t a path focused simply on wishing for good things; if our goal is to make each year “sweeter” than the last, we must work to make it happen.

Abortion and Reproductive Justice: A Jewish Perspective

Rabbi Emily Langowitz
Rabbi Joshua R. S. Fixler
September 2, 2021
In light of the recent Texas anti-abortion law that has gone into effect, we are sharing this excerpt about reproductive justice from The Social Justice Torah Commentary, forthcoming in November 2021 from CCAR Press.

An Accounting of the Soul?

Rose Eichenbaum
August 31, 2021
A conversation with Ed Asner, z’l, died on August 29 at the age of 91. This article is adapted from The Actor Within (Wesleyan University Press).

Let Our People Vote

Rabbi Rachel G. Greengrass
August 30, 2021
As a rabbi, my passion for the right to vote is not only derived from my love of democracy – but from my love of Jewish text and teachings.