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Ritual Gone Wrong

By Sarah Barasch-Hagans
I am a “planner” and I am an English major obsessed with layers of meaning, symbolism, and subtext. Thus, my wedding, like so many ceremonies, was made up of countless intentional decisions that... [more]

On Being Jewish-What Do I Wear on My Head?

By Erika Davis
A few days ago while wasting a rainy Seattle day indoors, I flipped to E!, one of my guilty pleasure channels. The show Christina Milian Turned Up was on. It is not something I normally watch, but I... [more]

On Being Jewish

By Erika Davis

If you ask any convert to Judaism, they will likely tell you that as daunting as the conversion process can sometimes be, actually being a Jew can be harder that becoming one.

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Prayers from the Heart

By Rabbi Roni Handler
Rituals have the power to mark or to move us through transitions. Sometimes they take the form of a long, thoughtfully-planned ceremony, such as a wedding, conversion, or baby naming. Other times,... [more]

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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