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

Musings on My Bat Mitzvah

By Leah Kamionkowski
Growing up in Argentina as a passionate Zionist and avowed secular Jew, becoming involved with a religious movement and being called to the Torah were not part of my plan.  Quite the contrary—those were attitudes that were completely incompatible with my thoughts, my ideals, my aspirations, and my vision for the future.   more

Reflections on a Tragedy

By Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
Our lives are stitched together with thread that is easily broken. In this time of sorrow, perhaps the best we can do is remember the promise of Elijah—and believe that redemption is near.   more

There is a Light

by Rabbi Roni Handler
I notice how the increased light in my window is mirrored in my body, in my own “inner chambers,” and I feel great anticipation for this new phase of life.   more

What Does "Today I Am a Man" Mean Today?

By Rabbi Daniel Brenner
As part of bar mitzvah training, boys should brush up against some of the “traditional” values that have defined Jewish men—a love of communal learning and debate, an understanding of the powerful role that comedy plays in coping with oppression, a responsibility to bury one another and to mourn together. Even in egalitarian communities, there are times when men benefit specifically from the support of other men.   more

"Thanks for the Chair!"

by Betsy Platkin Teutsch
In 1997, I was honored by Kolot, the forerunner of today’s Ritualwell, for my contributions to Jewish art. Up until that point I had not created any specifically Jewish feminist art, though I had...  more