Category: Endings & Beginnings

sunset over the snow
By Kimi Hardesty
January 2, 2023
Winter Solstice seemed like the perfect time... a time to move from darkness to light.
Meryl’s Menorah Method: Writing by Candlelight
By Meryl Branch-McTiernan
December 16, 2020
On the fourth day of
Wheelchair Ritual for Last Steps
By Ilana Schatz
September 3, 2020
Although I cannot walk with my legs, I can still move forward.
Bittersweet Shehekheyanu: A Revised Blessing for Gratitude and Loss
By Ilana Schatz
October 17, 2019
I needed a way to spiritually acknowledge and accept these transitional moments which are a mixed blessing.
Marking My Jewish Journey Through Tattoos
By Madeleine Fortney
July 30, 2019
My body is a colorful passport: my passage through life marked with stamps from destinations along the way.
Marie Kondo & Mussar: Cleansing Home and Soul
By Rabbi Elyssa Cherney
March 13, 2019
Finding joy with conscious tidying
Communal Acts of Private Intimacy: A Review of Trisha Arlin’s Place Yourself
By Alden Solovy
January 7, 2019
Like the liturgists of old, Arlin’s work troubles us where we are too comfortable and comforts us when we are troubled
Removing “Kosher” from our Mikveh Terminology
By Sheridan Gayer
August 28, 2018
It is revealing that quite regularly women tell me they prefer not to feel like a side of beef being kashered in her immersion process.
Saying Goodbye in the Jewish Tradition
By Kami Knapp
May 30, 2017
Is a ritual for saying goodbye to a sacred text appropriate for saying goodbye to people?
Why I Don't Set New Year's Resolutions
By Maya Northen
January 5, 2017
Let’s just put it this way: January 17th is National Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day. 

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