Making sense of the world can be challenging when you are a teen, especially with the myriad of confusing and even disturbing messages from peers and the media about what it means to be female and male.
When I think and talk about teshuvah, I usually focus on change. How can we take stock of our lives and improve the parts of ourselves that we wish to change? This year I was struck by a different aspect of teshuvah. I realized that teshuvah doesn’t need to be focused solely on changing who we are. Teshuvah can also be about learning to accept and forgive ourselves, and learning how to embrace our abilities, limitations, bodies, and relationships.
We wanted a traditional Jewish wedding, but, as two women, we weren’t a traditional Jewish couple. From our journey down the aisle to the blessings after the wedding meal, every part of the...
The tassel on my graduation hat that upgrades me to “graduate” status fails to display the very core of my education: the journey.
Shavuot has yet to capture the imagination of most liberal Jews. Why is that? The Torah describes three pilgrimage festivals, times when the ancient Israelites were expected to journey to Jerusalem...
I first suggested a ritual for how we might use Jewish symbols and traditions when faced with closing up the home of a deceased parent shortly after the death of my mother in April 2001.
When you have the potential for endless leisure, how do you create a satisfying balance of work and leisure?
Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D. interviewed her friend and colleague Rabbi Vivie Mayer about ritual mourning following her father’s death.