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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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Summer Rite

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

There are all kinds of ways to make something special, and mark the passage of time. Let us know yours.

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Bringing Up Baby

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

Life cycle rituals are not fixed experiences—even when the text and ceremony stays the same.

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Yizkor on Memorial Day

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

It took the recitation of Yizkor on Memorial Day to remind me of this important fact: it is incumbent on me as a citizen to take time to reflect and remember.  

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True Confessions of an Omer Walker

by Rabbi Roni Handler

I pray that I continue to remember to prioritize both my spiritual and physical sustenance each and every day, even if only for the amount of time that it takes to recite a simple blessing. 

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Waiting

by Rabbi Joshua Boettiger
I think of the Omer—this period of time we are now in the midst of—as learning to count, learning to wait. Shavuot is the only holiday that the Torah does not affix a particular date to; instead... [more]

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