Becoming Witnesses

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TEL AVIV – When I landed at Ben Gurion Airport 10 months ago everything felt different. That makes sense in context; life in Israel before Oct. 7 and after are […]

Springtime in January

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Tu B’Shvat never made sense to me growing up. Sometime in January, the Sunday school classrooms became flooded with stacks of plastic pots, bags of rich black soil, and tiny, […]

Here When You Need It Most

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Austin Zoot is the Rabbi Educator at the Valley Temple in Wyoming, Ohio. For more content from Rabbi Zoot, visit his website: austinmzoot.com.  It seems as though the weather is […]

This Year I’m Thankful For….

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In the aftermath of the October 7 attacks and the ensuing conflict, we find ourselves grappling with a disheartening rise in global and online antisemitism. It’s a stark reminder of […]

Carrying the Burden: Taking a Stand Against Antisemitism

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I found out about my Jewish heritage a couple of months ago after participating in a genetic study at a local hospital that left me with more questions than answers. […]

Never Again is Now

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Co-authored by Interim Chief Executive Officer David Wise and Jackie Congedo, Chief External Relations & Community Engagement Officer, originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer It’s no exaggeration to say that […]

Imagine In Jewishness

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There is a certain beautiful magic to raising Jewish children without ever having been a Jewish child myself. My two children are Jewish because I chose to be Jewish before […]

Three Weeks of War: Living in the New Reality

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Israeli radio stations broadcast an alert when missiles are launched from Gaza or Lebanon into Israeli towns and cities. It goes like this:  Dededum (dramatic drums)  Alert: (name of city, […]