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What would Queen Esther say?

by Rabbi Roni Handler

This year Purim falls on International Women's Day.  What would our Purim heroines think about the rights and roles of women in today's world?

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

Over the last several years my relationship to Purim has changed. I have come to appreciate the invitation to simply be happy and to play with convention in a contained and bounded way.

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The Promise of Spring

Everything you add to our site increases the resources available to like minded people searching for innovative Jewish ritual to mark meaningful occasions. We are grateful to those of you have contributed, and encourage all of you to take part. 

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Outdoor Rituals For Tu Bishvat

by Sarah Chandler

In honor of Tu B'shevat, we are happy to offer this piece from our friends at Isabella Freedman.  On behalf of the Ritualwell team, we wish you a joyous and fruitful New Year of the Trees!

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Ahavat Olam, Indeed!

by Rabbi Margaret Holub

On Rosh Hashanah L’ilanot, the New Year of the Trees, the trees and the Tree of Life are judged for another year of fertility or not—just like human beings are judged on Rosh Hashanah.

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Farm to Freezer

by Rabbi Roni Handler

While winter may not seem like the most obvious time to appreciate the abundance that comes forth from our land, I find myself particularly attuned to the rewards that can be gleaned through proper planning and partnership with the land.

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No One Is Free Until We Are All Free

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said "no one is free until we are all free." This idea, profound in its simplicity, finds company among famous aphorisms in the Jewish textual tradition—the biblical command to "love your neighbor as yourself," and Hillel the Elder's famous principle, "that which is hateful to you do not do to your neighbors.”

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Service Is Work and Work Is Worship

by Rabbi Ira F. Stone

The Hebrew word for service,"avodah," is the same word we use for both work and worship. This is not an accident.

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