Secular Holidays

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Secular holidays give us the chance to widen our communities of celebration. We can join with other Americans for prayer, introspection or community service, as we observe holidays that connect us to each other. We can also interpret these holidays in a Jewish context, understanding them in light of the texts and experiences of our people.

Lift Every Voice

by JM Poses
Elections provide us with an opportunity to organize our personal values and community commitments. The act of voting can be a first step toward becoming the engaged citizens we aspire to be.   more
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No One Is Free Until We Are All Free

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said "no one is free until we are all free." This idea, profound in its simplicity, finds company among famous aphorisms in the Jewish textual tradition—the biblical command to "love your neighbor as yourself," and Hillel the Elder's famous principle, "that which is hateful to you do not do to your neighbors.”   more
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The Names We Carry

by Rabbi Roni Handler
Somehow, hearing a list of individuals who’ve been lost brings us together.   more
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By Emma Lazarus
The ironically "two-faced year," when the Jews were expelled from Spain and Columbus discovered America   more

Tags: Columbus Day

Voting Prayer

By Rabbi David Mevorach Seidenberg
A prayer that peace may come through whomever is elected, on behalf of the whole planet   more