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Ritual of the Unpredictable

By Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
My mundane—but predictable—behaviors reflect something essential about all ritual acts. They contain the chaos and shine a light on what is meaningful or poignant within.
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Innovative Liturgy Project

By Andrea Bardfeld
Several months ago Ritualwell received a number of submissions from Andrea Bardfeld on behalf of the Innovative Liturgy Project at West End Synagogue. We were intrigued by this prolific community... [more]

Building blessing muscle

By Ilana Lerman

It feels like a superpower: to know how to stop time, command presence with another being, and articulate the gift that says, “I see and love you. Keep going.”

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A Prayerful Life

By Nancy Flam

One of the fundamental problems we post-Enlightenment, post-Holocaust, American Jews have with prayer is not theological in nature; it is that our attention is elsewhere.

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Praying with My Feet?

By Julie Aronowitz

Do I believe that with God’s strength I can do all things? How powerful would that be?

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Listening to the Ocean, Falling in Love

By Rabbi Shefa Gold

Rabbi Shefa Gold discussed the work of sacred Jewish chant with Ritualwell executive editor, Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D. Here are highlights of their conversation:

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A Jewish Vision Quest: TorahTrek Guides Track

By Rabbi James Greene
Midrash: a collection of extra-biblical stories which attempts to fill in the gaps of the biblical narrative.   Torah: the first five books of the Hebrew Bible.   The midrash tells us that... [more]

A Cure for the Post-Thanksgivukkah Blues

By Linda Rich
This year’s rare confluence of two annual celebrations, one religious and one secular, garnered much attention and sparked a huge burst of creative energy. For those of us “living in two... [more]

Messiness and Beauty

By Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
Ritualwell’s executive editor, Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, sat down to talk with rabbis Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Ph.D., and Sue Levi Elwell, Ph.D., editors of the newly published anthology Chapters of... [more]

A Prayer for Human Rights Shabbat

Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson
As a young rabbinical student, I was full of zeal for unearthing obscure Jewish texts and bringing them to bear on modern issues. No more would we invoke the same tired old Torah; instead, I would... [more]

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