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Two Fathers Grieving

By Alden Solovy
When I made aliyah to Israel four years ago, several obvious experiences never crossed my mind. What it would feel like to run to a bomb shelter. How close friends might need support when their...  more

It Could Have Been Me

By Rabbi Nathan Weiner
It could have been me. I could have retreated to the safe space of a gay bar or club in order to dance with a man, to hold his hand, to kiss him in safety. One of my safe havens, a safe space for...  more

Counting the Omer: An Artistic Practice

By D'vorah Horn
For seven consecutive years I have created a painting based upon a practice known as “Counting the Omer.”   The practice has ancient biblical roots as well as contemporary adaptations....  more

The Heart of Pride: Be Who You Are

By Rabbi Rachel Weiss
I believe that the heart of Pride has to do with love. In the midst of the book of Leviticus we find the three words: “v’ahavtah l’re’akha camokha”—You shall love your fellow as yourself.   more

Living in Two Civilizations

By Alex Rubin
Camp is a microcosm of an ideal Jewish, American life. There, we celebrate both American and Jewish holidays, we are able to connect to each other socially and spiritually, and even when...  more

A Reflection on Mental Health Awareness Month

By Kami Knapp
As you may have noticed, this month Ritualwell featured guest blog posts for Mental Health Awareness Month. You might wonder why an organization devoted to ritual would choose to address this topic...  more

A Place Where You Belong: Jewish Healing Circles

By Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein
The first time I participated in a prayer service in a circle I felt awkward and uncomfortable. It felt exposed—everyone could see me. For me, prayer is a private matter. Indeed, one of the ...  more

Becoming a Mental Health Advocate

By Efrem Epstein
I didn't plan to begin my journey as a mental health advocate during Mental Health Awareness Month, but that is exactly when it happened... ten years ago. In May 2006, I went through a bad emotional...  more

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