Welcoming Daughters

By Rabbi Linda Holtzman
Looking at a baby girl and feeling the joy of celebrating who she is and who she will become are wonderful experiences. A welcoming foot washing ceremony is one way of concretizing that joy. In 1980...  more

No Short Cuts For Circumcision

By Rabbi Kevin Bernstein
Pun intended.  The popular press has recently reminded contemporary Jews that the continuation of brit milah (ritual circumcision), remains a challenge…and if you don’t believe me, ask any Jewish...  more

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.   more

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.   more

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?    more

Return to Me

by Rabbi Yael Levy
The One of Infinite Possibilities calls: Return to me and I will return to you (Zecharia 1:3)   more

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?   more

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.   more

The Art of Aging

By Craig Taubman
Jewels of Elul is a project created by Craig Taubman that offers 29 inspirational insights for the month of Elul. The following was the Jewels of Elul theme of 2012.   more

Tisha b'Av and a Re-Imagined Future

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
Our collective memory consists of the narratives and experiences individual Jews bring to the Jewish story.   more