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I am a member of a large-ish congregation. Over time, I've noticed that our (mostly young) rabbis rarely participate as members in events, and seldom bring their spouse and children to congregation events. Is this a Reform policy or minhag? It seems odd to me. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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Hello! To preface this, I must say that I myself am not Jewish. Rather, I am emailing you on behalf of my younger cousin, who is. I apologize if this isn't the kind of questions that you usually handle. My cousin, Hannah, is 10. Her mother was Jewish, while Hannah's father (my uncle) is not (he's agnostic, most of our family is agnostic or some denomination of Christian). However, Hannah's mother unfortunately died when she was quite young, leaving my uncle to raise her alone. Hannah has expressed that she feels estranged from her Jewish heritage, and very much wants to connect. Our family is fully supportive of this, but also at a bit of a loss on how to help her in this. She has no immediate Jewish relatives, and dropping her off at the nearest synagogue once a week alone makes her father uncomfortable. Would it be appropriate for him to accompany her? Another concern is her bat mitzvah. It is our understanding that a proper bat mitzvah involves a lot of planning on the parent's part, and a lot of studying for Hannah to prepare. Could you offer some insight into how we can best support her and help her reconnect with her culture (and possibly religion)? For reference, we live in Colorado in the U.S..
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Hi Rabbi, who gave Moshe his name? I heard it was the daughter of Pharaoh, who found him in the Nile River. If so, why didn’t his parents give him his name? Thanks.

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Dear Rabbi, how can I achieve more tranquility and peace of mind in my life? Modern-day living seems so filled with worries and anxiety. Thank you.
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Dear Rabbi, Can I still consider myself as someone who is “Shomer Shabbat” (a Sabbath observer) if I can't help but bite my nails? I always bite my nails and pick my lip and I was wondering if this makes me not considered as a person who is Shomer Shabbat. (I think I have a nail-biting “disorder” since I was only eight years old). Thank you very much!