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A Ceremony Is Born

by Rabbi Danielle Stillman

The women who attended my blessing circle couldn’t believe the news when they heard it. I daresay everyone felt like they had a little bit to do with it—I certainly think they did.

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You Shall Have Nothing But Joy

by Rabbi Roni Handler

We don’t want Yom Kippur to leave us in a slump, struggling to pick ourselves up.  Instead, we must embrace joy so that we may restore balance in the world, in our community, and within ourselves.

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Honest Accounting

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

It is too easy to find fault in others.  How can we be more honest with ourselves so that we can make corrections to our decisions? 

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Return to Me

by Rabbi Yael Levy

The One of Infinite Possibilities calls: Return to me and I will return to you. (Zecaria 1:3)

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Walking With the King

by Rabbi Lisa Goldstein

What if we could derive a practice from the story of the King in the field—breathe life into it and into our own souls?  How can we, in the midst of our busy, self-conscious lives, find the cozy, loving intimacy with God that is hinted at in this tale?

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Good Intentions Reap Good Results

by Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D.

Teshuvah is a combination of my work, my practice and my good intentions together with a subliminal, imperceptible, wonderful phenomenon that seems to arrive out of the blue from somewhere else.

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The Art of Aging

by Craig Taubman
The theme of this year's Jewels of Elul is especially dear to my heart, because I try to live my life as art—not a science—and also, well, because I'm aging.   As much as we may try to be... [more]

Tisha b'Av and A Re-Imagined Future

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

Our collected memory consists of the narratives and experiences individual Jews bring to the Jewish story.

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Recipe for a Ritual

by Rabbi Roni Handler
When Freedom to Marry, an organization dedicated to ending marriage discrimination, posted about my essay in Tablet Magazine, I was astounded by the tremendous response to the post and by the... [more]

Shabbat Unplugged

by Jenny Ferentz

Jenny Ferentz, a counselor at Camp JRF, reflects on what makes the celebration of Shabbat at camp so special…

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