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Rabbi Rick Jacobs speaking at a podium before a rally with a sign that reads NO HATE NO FEAR
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Now Moses, tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, drove the flock into the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

An angel of the Eternal appeared to him in a blazing fire out of a bush. He gazed, and there was a bush all aflame, yet the bush was not consumed.

Moses said, “I must turn aside to look at this marvelous sight; why doesn’t the bush burn up?”

When the Eternal saw that he had turned aside to look, God called to him out of the bush: “Moses! Moses!” He answered, “Here I am.”


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Kelly Whitehead smiles at the camera with one hand on the back of her head and a nature scene behind her

I am a queer Jewish woman of Color, and it is impossible to separate all of my intersecting identities.

As a rabbinical school student, my Judaism is a key component to who I am. I live in a Jewish city, learn about Jewish practices, and constantly uncover how the basis of my tradition is connected to my spiritual identity.

I use Jewish tradition as an avenue to reflect on my entire being. I love Judaism’s tradition of tikkun middot (repairing our character) and cheshbon hanefesh (accounting for the soul). Being able to reflect, every single day, on my intersecting...

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs speaking at a podium before a rally with a sign that reads NO HATE NO FEAR

Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before attendees at the NYC Solidarity March and Rally on Jan. 5, 2020, before Rabbi Jacobs and his rabbinic colleagues offered Psalm 121 and 130.

Throughout Jewish history, in every place where we Jews have lived we have turned to Psalms or Tehillim to express the deepest yearnings of our hearts.

Before you today are rabbis from across the spectrum of Jewish belief and practice. We don’t all believe, practice, and think alike but today we stand as one. My colleagues and I stand united in our love for all of our people from...

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Rabbi Jonah Pesner standing at a podium addressing the URJ Biennial with two other speakers on each side of him

Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 URJ Biennial.

Only a few short years after the founding of the United States of America, George Washington expressed in an exchange of letters with the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, R.I., the oldest synagogue in the U. S., the following historic sentiment:

“For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as...

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Fireworks forming 2019

Oh, what a year it’s been. With 2020 quickly approaching, we’ve rounded up the top Reform Movement stories of 2019, listed here in no particular order. From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy, healthy secular new year!

1. We hosted three vibrant, robust Jewish conferences.

This was a trifecta year: In February, we kicked off 2019 with NFTY Convention in Dallas, TX, followed by the largest Consultation on Conscience in history in May. The...

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