Musings on My Bat Mitzvah

By Leah Kamionkowski
Growing up in Argentina as a passionate Zionist and avowed secular Jew, becoming involved with a religious movement and being called to the Torah were not part of my plan.  Quite the contrary—those were attitudes that were completely incompatible with my thoughts, my ideals, my aspirations, and my vision for the future.   more

Reflections on a Tragedy

By Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
Our lives are stitched together with thread that is easily broken. In this time of sorrow, perhaps the best we can do is remember the promise of Elijah—and believe that redemption is near.   more

There is a Light

by Rabbi Roni Handler
I notice how the increased light in my window is mirrored in my body, in my own “inner chambers,” and I feel great anticipation for this new phase of life.   more

What Does "Today I Am a Man" Mean Today?

By Rabbi Daniel Brenner
As part of bar mitzvah training, boys should brush up against some of the “traditional” values that have defined Jewish men—a love of communal learning and debate, an understanding of the powerful role that comedy plays in coping with oppression, a responsibility to bury one another and to mourn together. Even in egalitarian communities, there are times when men benefit specifically from the support of other men.   more

"Thanks for the Chair!"

by Betsy Platkin Teutsch
In 1997, I was honored by Kolot, the forerunner of today’s Ritualwell, for my contributions to Jewish art. Up until that point I had not created any specifically Jewish feminist art, though I had...  more

An Instrument for All Seasons

by Ritualwell
With this tambourine, we salute Women of the Wall for their struggle for equality and peace at this sacred site.   more

Blessings to Share

By Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
On Thanksgiving I acknowledge all that I have and pray that we will all have more to be thankful for next year.   more

A Ritual That Can Cut Both Ways

By Rabbi Boris Dolin
The concept of circumcision is both a deeply powerful ritual practice and a profoundly troubling remnant of a different time.  A few years ago, when we were expecting our first child, we resisted...  more

Lift Every Voice

by JM Poses
Elections provide us with an opportunity to organize our personal values and community commitments. The act of voting can be a first step toward becoming the engaged citizens we aspire to be.   more