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Tipped Pendulum-#BlackLivesMatter-From Ferguson to NYC

By Erika Davis
Editor’s Note: This week’s blog from guest writer Erika Davis of “Black, Gay, Jewish” may not at first seem to be explicitly about Jewish ritual. However, when Erika interrupted her scheduled series... [more]

Jewish Lifecycles Animated

By G-dcast
Ritualwell is excited to partner with G-dcast on their new Lifecycle Series: a collection of animated shorts and personal stories about milestones in the Jewish tradition. From giving birth, to... [more]

Reinventing My Morning Ritual

By Sarah Barasch-Hagans

I pray this way in the mornings now because I want to feel less afraid; less afraid of the places I have been and less afraid of the path ahead.

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Wrapped in a Shelter of Peace

By Sarah Barasch-Hagans

When I imagine wearing my tallit in Ferguson and afterwards, I am imagining how it will help carry with me a sense of security and home—a portable home just like the sukkah

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Public Justice

By Sarah Barasch-Hagans

I have said the words of the Yom Kippur Vidui many times, always awkwardly aware that most of the list of sins did not apply to me. I never thought I would come to embrace its awkwardness, and I certainly never imagined that it could guide me towards making decisions I was afraid to make. 

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How I Stopped Writing High Holiday Sermons

By Rabbi Rena Blumenthal
Two years ago, at age 93, my father passed away suddenly and peacefully in Israel, where he had lived for many years.  I flew to Israel for the funeral and the first half of shiva, sitting the... [more]

Preparing for Transformation

By Rabbi Roni Handler
Whenever I teach about ritual or work with people to prepare for a life cycle transition, I always stress that what makes a ritual powerful and effective is the preparation and intention with which... [more]

In the Covenant of Whom?

By Sarah Barasch-Hagans

I was staring at my computer screen and trying to decide what in the Jewish wedding I think is particularly Jewish and what might be universal ...

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Out of Isolation

By Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
"Take solace in the fact that she's in a better place now."  "Don't sit around moping after the breakup—you need to get out!" "Cheer up! It'll get better from here." "You just gotta keep busy to... [more]

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