Shedding Light on Being a Jewish Girl

By Deborah Meyer

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.


What I Can't Change

By Rabbi Roni Handler

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.


Two Women Marrying in the Tradition of Moses and Israel

By Rabbis Jaimee Shalhevet and Helayne Shalhevet
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... [more]

Jewels for Elul and Jewish Wisdom Throughout the Year

By Ritualwell
Welcome to Ritualwell. Like you, we are great admirers of Craig Taubman and his vision of a vibrant, inspired and beautiful Jewish community.  Jewish Ritual and Ritualwell We are a unique website... [more]

When the Finish Line Becomes a Milestone

By Emily Goldberg

The tassel on my graduation hat that upgrades me to “graduate” status fails to display the very core of my education: the journey.


Wisdom From On High

Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
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... [more]

A Time for Time

By Andrea Moselle

When you have the potential for endless leisure, how do you create a satisfying balance of work and leisure? 


A Conversation With One in Mourning

By Rabbi Vivie Mayer

Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D. interviewed her friend and colleague Rabbi Vivie Mayer about ritual mourning following her father’s death.