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The Promise of Spring

Everything you add to our site increases the resources available to like minded people searching for innovative Jewish ritual to mark meaningful occasions. We are grateful to those of you have contributed, and encourage all of you to take part. 

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Outdoor Rituals For Tu Bishvat

by Sarah Chandler

In honor of Tu B'shevat, we are happy to offer this piece from our friends at Isabella Freedman.  On behalf of the Ritualwell team, we wish you a joyous and fruitful New Year of the Trees!

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Ahavat Olam, Indeed!

by Rabbi Margaret Holub

On Rosh Hashanah L’ilanot, the New Year of the Trees, the trees and the Tree of Life are judged for another year of fertility or not—just like human beings are judged on Rosh Hashanah.

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Farm to Freezer

by Rabbi Roni Handler

While winter may not seem like the most obvious time to appreciate the abundance that comes forth from our land, I find myself particularly attuned to the rewards that can be gleaned through proper planning and partnership with the land.

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No One Is Free Until We Are All Free

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said "no one is free until we are all free." This idea, profound in its simplicity, finds company among famous aphorisms in the Jewish textual tradition—the biblical command to "love your neighbor as yourself," and Hillel the Elder's famous principle, "that which is hateful to you do not do to your neighbors.”

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Service Is Work and Work Is Worship

by Rabbi Ira F. Stone

The Hebrew word for service,"avodah," is the same word we use for both work and worship. This is not an accident.

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Found in Translation

by JM Poses

When I think about Hanukkah, the theme that resonates most deeply is that of translation.  As a child, I wholeheartedly bought into the idea that Hanukkah was a sort of Jewish Christmas… and not just because of the presents.    

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Presents of Presence

by Rabbi Roni Handler

Happiness. We all want and seek it and yet this elusive emotion is so difficult to attain—and even more difficult to sustain. 

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The Greatest Miracle of All

by Rabbi Roni Handler

The legends we pass on to our children teach us about the possibility of miracles all around us—each and every day.  

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