From the Editor

by Susan Weidman Schneider

I’ve come to the conclusion that most Jews have the same problem I do in making explicit to others what being Jewish means to us. I’ve stumbled in this regard for years when I’d be asked by my children, or by journalists, “Why do you go to synagogue?” or “What do you actually believe in?” I do better with specific question that have answers formulated by others before me: Why the dog gets fed before the humans, why we give to someone begging on the street, and similar questions about daily living. But when the questions get more personal, and touch on what I myself believe, I often flounder.

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