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.


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.


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? 


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)


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?


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.


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 positive ... [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.


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…