She is Pure

By Rabbi Me'irah Iliinsky
My first Taharah, ritual purification, was a trial of courage for me. I stepped in with little preparation, and it was new to me.   more

Writing Rituals

By Rabbi Roni Handler
We shared ideas for new rituals and prayers and worked together in hevrutah (with partners) to create new additions that honor, celebrate, and offer support for the experiences of transgender and genderqueer people.   more

Up All Night

By Sarah Barasch-Hagans
Shavuot is my favorite holiday, in part because it combines several of my favorite things: ice cream, warm feelings of Jewish unity, a study party, and staying up all night. It is also my favorite...  more

Numbering Our Days

By Rabbi Roni Handler
As we count our days, weeks, and months, we are reminded that in every moment we have the potential to recreate ourselves and the world around us.    In the book of Bereishit (Genesis), the...  more

Fair Trade Shabbat

By Ilana Schatz
What's special about Shabbat May 9-10, 2014?  It's designated as Fair Trade Shabbat, an initiative launched by Fair Trade Judaica to educate and engage Jewish communities about the connection...  more

Freedom of Thought

By Rabbi Roni Handler
Passover seders are intentionally packed with moments that are out of the ordinary from a typical meal. These rituals prompt us to ask questions. We learn in the Mishnah that we are required to ask...  more

Fair Trade Chocolate You Can Eat on Passover

By Ilana Schatz, Founding Director of Fair Trade Judaica
The gift of freedom our people received generations ago bestows upon us the obligation and responsibility to work for the liberation of all people. SHEHECHIYANU! We can finally eat chocolate on...  more

Preparing for a Child

By Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D.
The truth is that I didn’t lose control when I became a parent. I never had control. What I had was the illusion of control, the false conviction that my blessings were earned.   more

Ritual of the Unpredictable

By Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
My mundane—but predictable—behaviors reflect something essential about all ritual acts. They contain the chaos and shine a light on what is meaningful or poignant within.   more