Voices

Rabbi Miriam Cotzin Burg

Voices | Saving Lives, Saving Worlds

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By Rabbi Miriam Cotzin Burg I never knew what it meant to fulfill the mitzvah of saving a life until now. On April 20, my cousin,...
Jewish girls in 1909

Voices | Who We Were, Who We Are Now

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By Liz Spikol In the beginning of the 20th century, not too long after my maternal great-grandfather arrived in New York from Eastern Europe, the police...

Voices | A Seminary Experience, Disrupted

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By Stephanie Deichman It’s hard to believe Shavuot has already passed.  It feels like just a few days ago that I celebrated Purim in Jerusalem...

The Royal Reach: A Remembrance of Norman Lamm

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By Richard M. Joel There are those whose light continues to shine. This week, we mark the passing of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, president emeritus...

Voices | Here’s How White Jews Can Support Black People Right Now

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By Rev. Anthony A. Johnson A lot of my Jewish friends are asking me how they can help and what needs to be done regarding...

Voices | Living Torah: The History of My Family and a Torah Scroll

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By Jody Goldsmith 1814 was a long, long time ago. Napoleon Bonaparte and the French beat the Russians (and later that year he was exiled...
Mitchell Posner

Voices | What Do Shavuot and Community Action Month Have in Common?

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By Mitchell Posner I’m sure you know that we are celebrating the holiday of Shavuot at the end of May this year. But what you...
Ziva Shapiro

Voices | Here’s Why I Chose to Stay in Israel During the Pandemic

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By Ziva Shapiro I did not expect my yearlong teaching fellowship in Israel to coincide with a once-in-a-century global pandemic. But when the choice to...

Voices | The Time Is Now: New Considerations for Enacting Timeless Values

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By Rabbi Jessy Dressin and Diana Goldsmith In Jewish tradition, Jews are constantly called to consider and care for those on the margins. A perfect...
Rabbi John Franken at the gravesite

Voices | Remembering Uncle Allan This Memorial Day

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By Rabbi John Allan Franken My uncle, Pvt. Allan C. Franken, succumbed to face wounds in an army field hospital on May 24, 1945. He...