Several generations ago, a woman got married in her early 20s, had children immediately, and by the time she was finished having children, she was well on the way to being a grandmother. And life was shorter.
Today, most of us can hope to enjoy many years when our focus shifts back to our own goals and purposes, much as it did in our 20s. Questions of meaning and purpose again present themselves. At the same time, we have acquired the wisdom of years, and some of us long to have that recognized and celebrated within our communities. Other important events characterize this time of life: our bodies change, some of us become grandparents, some of us retire from long-established careers, and at some point we may move out of our homes and downsize, or even move in with children or into a facility. All of these changes present opportunities for ritual.
Photo by Rabbi Roni Handler
When you have the potential for endless leisure, how do you create a satisfying balance of work and leisure?
One mother's account of preparing for an empty nest through pictures and a Shabbat meal [more]
Part of the script of a new ritual, based on the Passover Seder created by the author to celebrate and mark her passage into menopause [more]
This ritual is to be performed by a group of women, some or all of whom have gone through menopause. It is to be held, in part, at a mikveh or a natural body of water. [more]
An account of a women's ceremony based upon the Passover seder, to acknowledge the passage into menopause. [more]
Creating a means to elevate what might otherwise be mundane or even painful [more]
Valuing and respecting wisdom – whether attained through scholarship or life experience [more]
A ceremony organized around Havdalah for a 90th-birthday celebration with children and grandchildren [more]
A ceremony planned by a daughter for family and friends to celebrate her mother's 80th birthday [more]
The original Simchat Chokhmah from which all others have derived. Elements include the donning of a shroud, the taking of a new name, and the planting of a tree. [more]