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.
It is a quiet time on the Jewish calendar right now. We are past the earthiness of Tu b’ShevatThe new year of the trees, celebrated with a mystical seder (first created by the Kabbalists) at which four cups of wine are drunk and different kinds of fruit are eaten. In the State of Israel, Tu B'Shvat is Arbor Day, marked with the planting of trees. Tu B’Shvat also has become a modern holiday of the environment, with new seders and haggadot written to reflect this interest. and have not arrived at the raucousness of Purim. The secular calendar is quiet as well—the Grammys are over and the Oscars are on deck. March Madness has not yet started. In the mid-Atlantic, where I live and work, we are poised between a mild winter and the promise of spring. This gentle lull gives us at Ritualwell the opportunity to reflect on our past few months and to consider what we have planned for the future.
Last fall, we celebrated the new year by launching our re-designed site and inviting you to share rituals that have enhanced your lives. We were delighted by your responses and learned much from your suggestions. We continue to receive a large volume of contributions in the form of rituals, prayers, poems, and blessings. 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.
As we move forward, we look forward to adding more audio and video to our site. Some of this will come from us, but we welcome your contributions as well. This will add richness and texture to the Ritualwell experience.
We are eager to hear from you, and to learn what you think of the new Ritualwell. Please share your ideas with us, and help us make Ritualwell the best it can be.