Category: Covenant & Naming Rituals

Creating a Seaside Baby Naming Ceremony
By Hannah Pressman
August 28, 2019
My daughter was connected to the web of her extended family as well as the vast ocean
Design Your Own Ritual with a Little Help from a Rabbi
By Rabbi Kami Knapp
August 2, 2017
Ritual helps us pay attention. From the joy of a recovery to the grief of a funeral, ritual helps us inhabit the breadth of human experience.
From Brit Bat to Bat Mitzvah: How Love & Tradition Work Together
By Dr. Keren R. McGinity
November 21, 2015
How does an interfaith couple raising Jewish children create meaningful rituals that honor both partners’ heritage? This is a question that I asked myself when I became a parent and when I founded the Love & Tradition Institute.
Fostering Across Generations: A Letter to our Foster Daughter
By Tamar Fox
May 26, 2015
As part of a ritual we created to say farewell to our foster daughter, Dafna, below is the story of my family's history of fostering across the generations, from escaping the Nazis to offering shelter to teenagers fleeing Vietnam. We read this during the goodbye ceremony. Photo by Nomad Nirvana Photography
Jewish Lifecycles Animated
By G-dcast
November 6, 2014
Ritualwell is excited to partner with G-dcast on their new Lifecycle Series: a collection of animated shorts and personal stories about milestones in the Jewish tradition. From giving birth, to naming a child, from designing a 
A Ritual That Can Cut Both Ways
Anonymous
November 14, 2012
The concept of circumcision is both a deeply powerful ritual practice and a profoundly troubling remnant of a different time. 
Cutting and Covenant: How I Decided Whether Or Not To Circumcise My Sons
By Rabbi Julie Greenberg
November 7, 2012
The thought of saying Hebrew prayers over the cutting of a baby’s flesh seemed truly barbaric to me. I wondered, “If mothers had the power to design Judaism, would circumcision have played such a central role?” 
Welcoming Daughters
By Rabbi Linda Holtzman
October 25, 2012
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.
No Short Cuts For Circumcision
By Rabbi Kevin Bernstein
October 18, 2012
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 parent expecting a new son in the near future.

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