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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hanging on to some hope for a reset for our world. I worry a lot. Sometimes I have trouble sleeping. I often have difficulty focusing on tasks beyond staying current with the latest news of the day – and we seemingly have crises in the United States every few hours. It’s exhausting.

While many of the issues I worry about pertain primarily to my country, and to my state of Wisconsin, our entire planet seems to be at risk of imploding, whether it be from a global health pandemic, severe weather phenomena due to global warming, racism,...

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For nearly three decades, the Reform Movement has honored this month as an important time to raise awareness about the pervasive nature of domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV), provide resources to those currently experiencing abuse, and discuss the moral imperative to work to eradicate domestic violence from our communities.

Between a global pandemic, nationwide cries for justice against police brutality, and an election season like no other, it’s not surprising that Domestic Violence Awareness Month has barely...

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B’reishit. “Beginning.” A new beginning. How thrilling that every year we get to start over. The gift of an unblemished new start, untouched by triumphs or challenges. We finish the story and we immediately begin it again.

At my congregation for Simchat Torah, we unroll the entire Torah scroll. A small army of volunteers pull on white cotton gloves and arrange ourselves in a large circle. The Torah is unscrolled, and the community supports it, inch by inch, as it makes its way around the circle. One hand at the bottom, one hand at the top, we all share the profound experience of...

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“A ruler is not be appointed unless the community is first consulted.” - Rabbi Yitzchak Ben Yehuda ibn Gayyat

Every Voice, Every Vote: The Reform Movement’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign launched in May, and since then, we’ve been busy mobilizing our communities, combatting voter suppression, and engaging student voters.

The end of election season is fast approaching, but our work is not done yet. There’s still time to make a difference and ensure every voice is heard and every vote is counted this election.

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V’zot Hab’rachah, “This is the blessing,” is the Torah portion read on Simchat Torah. This is the final blessing Moses will proclaim to the ten tribes of Israel prior to his death. The tone is positive and forward-looking; Moses’ words are filled with praise and encouragement to all. Moses addresses each tribe individually and blesses them with hopes of protection from enemies, a prosperous and fertile land, and the continuance of the covenant made with God. Each of these aspirations depends on God’s beneficence and power.

Moses addresses the fears, longings, and...

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