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My Name Change Ritual

Rabbah Rona Matlow
Most of the rituals I found took on a tone of mourning the life that the transperson wasn’t able to have because of being assigned the wrong gender. But I wanted to create a ritual that was fully...  more

My Body is an Ark

By Ariana Katz
Every day we can co-create, create the world worth living in. If we are created in God’s image, and inside the Arks of our chest dwells Divinity, we earned another shot at a new day. My body is...  more

Shelters: What If It's Not Enough?

By Heather Paul
This, I believe, is why the High Holidays are followed immediately by Sukkot, the Festival of Booths. Five days after we acknowledge mortality, Sukkot is a celebration of the temporary. I was...  more

Communal Exhaustion and the Gift of Sukkot

Ariana Katz
After almost two months of rising to the challenge of repentance and renewal, granting one another second chances for each other and ourselves, we get a second to sit down. Jewish practice gets a...  more

The Hard Holy Days

Rabbi Amy Loewenthal
Is there another way to look at life and death, that isn’t through a lens of fear and trembling?  If you could somehow find permission to slip out of this prayer’s clutches of reward and...  more
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Now and Forever, S'lichot

Alden Solovy
The prayers and tunes of S’lichot are meant to crack into our yearnings for all that is good, righteous and holy, and to point us toward our own errors. We’ve put stumbling blocks in front of...  more
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Counting Down to Rosh Hashanah

Ariana Katz
For me, living in two civilizations means that they inform one another. When I blow my New Years Eve party horn in the winter, I remember the echoes of the shofar in the fall. I love a New Year’s...  more
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A Solar Eclipse Deserves a Blessing

By Roger Price
Jewish tradition considers an eclipse to be a bad omen. But it should be seen as an occasion for a blessing. We are on a fantastic journey, over which we have precious little control. As our...  more

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