Freedom of Thought

By Rabbi Roni Handler
Passover seders are intentionally packed with moments that are out of the ordinary from a typical meal. These rituals prompt us to ask questions.  We learn in the Mishnah that we are required to ask... [more]

Fair Trade Chocolate You Can Eat on Passover

By Ilana Schatz, Founding Director of Fair Trade Judaica

The gift of freedom our people received generations ago bestows upon us the obligation and responsibility to work for the liberation of all people.


Preparing for a Child

By Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D.

The truth is that I didn’t lose control when I became a parent. I never had control. What I had was the illusion of control, the false conviction that my blessings were earned.


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.

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.”


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.


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?


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:


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]