The Art of Aging

By Craig Taubman
Jewels of Elul is a project created by Craig Taubman that offers 29 inspirational insights for the month of Elul. The following was the Jewels of Elul theme of 2012.   more

Tisha b'Av and a Re-Imagined Future

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
Our collective memory consists of the narratives and experiences individual Jews bring to the Jewish story.   more

Recipe for a Ritual

By Rabbi Roni Handler
When Freedom to Marry, an organization dedicated to ending marriage discrimination,   more

Shabbat Unplugged

by Jenny Ferentz
Jenny Ferentz, a counselor at Camp JRF, reflects on what makes the celebration of Shabbat at camp so special…   more

Summer Rite

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
There are all kinds of ways to make something special, and mark the passage of time. Let us know yours.   more

Bringing Up Baby

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
Life cycle rituals are not fixed experiences—even when the text and ceremony stays the same.   more

The Odds Are, Don't Look Far

By Ariel Warmflash
I’m not good at transitions, but there is comfort in knowing that even when things are “new-ish,” I never really have to go through them alone.    more

Yizkor on Memorial Day

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
It took the recitation of Yizkor on Memorial Day to remind me of this important fact: it is incumbent on me as a citizen to take time to reflect and remember.     more

True Confessions of an Omer Walker

by Rabbi Roni Handler
I pray that I continue to remember to prioritize both my spiritual and physical sustenance each and every day, even if only for the amount of time that it takes to recite a simple blessing.    more


by Rabbi Joshua Boettiger
I think of the Omer—this period of time we are now in the midst of—as learning to count, learning to wai  more


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