Death is in the Details

By Rabbi Roni Handler
In the Jewish tradition we have prayers to mark many phases of the grieving process.  We find comfort when we recite El Maley Rachamim at the funeral, kaddish throughout the mourning period, and yizkor prayers at key moments throughout the year.     more


By Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Releasing my poems allowed me to offer love and care to other women who suffer miscarriage.   more

Hiding in Plain Sight

By Rabbi Roni Handler
This Purim, think about what your costume might say about you and allow yourself the freedom to embrace your hidden self.   more

A Guide to LGBTIQ Resources on Ritualwell

By Ritualwell
Ritualwell maintains a large collection of rituals, prayers and blessings that addresses the concerns and life experiences of people in LGBTIQ communities. As a progressive Jewish site, our goal is...  more

The True Power of Prayer

By Rabbi Margot Stein
I knew that if ever I needed to be on the receiving end of pastoral support, I would want my amazing circle of close friends and spirit buddies around me. But I didn’t know how much I would need the blessing of their deep presence until the nightmare unfolded.    more

New Beginnings

By Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
All over the world, Jews are marking the holiday of Tu b’Shevat. It is the new year for the trees, an observance that might have been meaningful for our ancestors in ancient Israel, but that feels a...  more

Inauguration Day

By Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
I don’t worry about whether or not the incoming president was “my” candidate: on Inauguration Day I always feel the excitement borne of possibility and good will.   more

Community Center

By Rabbi Roni Handler
Though random acts of kindness are amazingly inspiring, they leave me wondering whether we can harness this random energy into more sustainable acts of kindness.   more

A Parent's Prayer

By Amanda Feder
My father brought a tradition to our Friday night dinners. It was an opportunity to convey his love and hopes for his children—in particular, the hope that Jewish values would be important to us.    more