"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

The concept of circumcision is both a deeply powerful ritual practice and a profoundly troubling remnant of a different time.    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

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