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 second...  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 ...   more

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

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