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Rabbi Eric YoffieDear Reader:
The Journey Ahead
Leading the Movement has been a joyous journey; now it is Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ turn.
by Eric H. Yoffie


Holidays: A Multilingual Passover to Remember (PDF)
Reciting the first of the
4 questions in 20 languages from Canaanite to Klingon.
by Murray Spiegel
and Rickey Stein

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What's your favorite language for reciting the first question? Share your most memorable multilingual seder moment

Jewish Antiques Appraisal Show
Appraising a Jewish cast metal clock.
by Jonathan Greenstein

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Discover the value of your antique Judaica. Contact Jonathan Greenstein at You may see your story in a future Reform Judaism magazine. 

Cooking: The Iconic
Jewish Fish Dish
How "gefilte fish" first came to be; includes recipes for Traditional Gefilte Fish, Gefilte Fish and Horseradish Mold, and Tri-colored Gefilte Loaf, Spanish Style.
by Tina D. Wasserman

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Watch writer Tina Wasserman's cooking demos

Rebels & Statesmen
Reviews of The List: A Novel by Martin Fletcher; Ben-Gurion: A Political Life by Shimon Peres with David Landau; and The Arrogant Years: One Girl's Search for Her Lost Youth from Cairo to Brooklyn by Lucette Lagnado.
by Bonny V. Fetterman

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Read and comment on blog posts about the selected Significant Jewish Books 

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In what surprising context does the word "love" first appear in the Bible? Who is the first man in the Torah to "love" a woman? Which rabbi affirmed: "Extend what you have in your hands and in your heart toward other human beings. Love will grow along the lines of your giving"? Enjoy learning about these and other understandings of love from the articles below.

Introduction (PDF)
by the RJ editors
A journey of love and "Love in the Movement" photo gallery.

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Love in the Movement
by and for the Reform Movement
Post photos and stories of meeting, falling in love, and/or marrying in a Reform setting (congregation, camp, Israel program, Biennial, HUC-JIR, etc).

First Love
by Meir Shalev
The very first appearance of love in the Bible.

Lessons from the Sage of Love
by Naftali Rothenberg
Rabbi Akiva's wisdom about the ideal of human love.

Cultivating Love
by Alan Morinis
What can each of us do to foster nefesh —soul love?

Through Laughter & Tears
by Stephen Breslauer
The 55-year love adventure of NFTY's first married couple.

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A Tribute to Sandy Breslauer
Stephen and Sandy's love story on video.

Love IS Stronger than Death
by Rex Perlmeter
Nurturing love in the face of tragedy.



The Redemption of Ulysses S. Grant
by Jonathan D. Sarna
As a Union general, Grant expelled Jews from his war zone; as U.S. president, he set a new national tone that helped usher in a brief “golden age” in the history of the American Jewish community. On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it’s time to set the record straight.

"Lincoln—He Was Like One of Us"
by Gary Phillip Zola 
The man who many have called the greatest of all American presidents has also become a spiritual and moral kinsman of
the Jews. 

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie reflects on his 16-year legacy as president of the Union for Reform Judaism and on some of the key lessons learned from the experience.

The Biennial That Rocked (PDF)
Remembering the Movement's largest-ever Biennial with photographs, "Notable Quotables," and "How the Biennial Changed Me: 12 Delegates Speak Out."



Feature Story:
Rabbi & President:
The Path to Partnership
Rabbis, lay leaders, and consultants reflect on how to foster a sacred partnership grounded in respect, cooperation, and purpose.
by Ryan E. Smith

Chairman's Perspective:
Strengthening Congregations
My principal goal as chairman will be to do everything I can to help strengthen our congregations.
by Stephen M. Sacks 

May Non-Jews Recite Any
Blessing from the Bimah?

YES by Elliot Strom
NO by Arnold Gluck
Vote Your View

  What Works: 
A Labyrinth Changes Lives
How a labyrinth that began as an Eagle Scout project has become an integral part of Congregation Kol Ami in Flower Mound, Texas.
  Quotable: In Print
On why we count the omer, the period of waiting between the barley harvest at Pesach and the wheat harvest at Shavout. 

URJ launches new platform for state-of-the-art congregational websites; 2011 URJ Biennial photo contest winners; Isaac M. Wise Temple Library's Historic Children's Collection; Reform Jew appointed to National Council on Disability...

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Omitted Contents - 
Spring 2012

Because of copyright infringement and other reasons, the following column which appears in the print version of Reform Judaism Spring 2012 is not available online: “Letters.”

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