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Creating Ritual at Camp JRF

By Lori Rubin
I am blessed to go to Camp JRF each week to facilitate a Tikkun Olam Havayah (repairing the world experience). I bring to each eidah (unit) an issue in the world, a Jewish value that encompasses the...  more

Interview with By Your Side

By Ritualwell
As we enter the month of Av, which includes the holiday of Tisha b'Av, a day of mourning for communal tragedy, we are reminded of the power of ritual to sustain us during times of loss. However, for...  more

One is Everything

By Alden Solovy
We're surrounded by the death of innocents. Orlando. Nice. Dallas. Tel Aviv. Innocents dead at the hand of terror. Innocents dead at the hand of gun violence. Innocents dead at the hand of...  more

7 Ways to Make Friday Night Special

By Elyssa Cherney
Every week seems to fly by faster than the one before it. As a result, it’s important to stop, slow down, and take time to reflect. Within the Jewish tradition this space to reflect is created on...  more

Two Fathers Grieving

By Alden Solovy
When I made aliyah to Israel four years ago, several obvious experiences never crossed my mind. What it would feel like to run to a bomb shelter. How close friends might need support when their...  more

It Could Have Been Me

By Rabbi Nathan Weiner
It could have been me. I could have retreated to the safe space of a gay bar or club in order to dance with a man, to hold his hand, to kiss him in safety. One of my safe havens, a safe space for...  more

Counting the Omer: An Artistic Practice

By D'vorah Horn
For seven consecutive years I have created a painting based upon a practice known as “Counting the Omer.”   The practice has ancient biblical roots as well as contemporary adaptations....  more

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