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Healing Through Uncertainty: Lessons From Sukkot

By Sue Gurland
Sukkot invites us to live more fully present lives. The celebration of Sukkot incorporates two paradoxical elements: the uncertainty and vulnerability of the Israelites living in booths in the...  more

Altered Harvest: Sukkot and Climate Change

By Rav Kohenet Jill Hammer
The sukkah is one profound place to remember the effects of global scorching on all of us. Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, is the third and final harvest festival of the...  more

May All Debts Be Forgiven

By Nati Passow
How can we embrace the powerful exercise of Shmita in a way that is both personally meaningful and works to restore the fabric of our community? This week we ushered out Shmita, the final year in...  more

Yizkor: Remembering Victims of Sexual Assault

By Ariana Katz
Our most holy texts make it clear that we may not stand idly by while violence is perpetrated in our midst. Our most holy texts make it clear that we may not stand idly by while violence is...  more

Finding My Own Way to Jewish Ritual

By Hannah Elbaum
A first-year college student reflects on making Judaism her own Along with graduating high school, this past spring, I also graduated from my favorite extracurricular activity: the youth program...  more

Call for Submissions: Jewish Responses to Climate Change

By Ritualwell
We welcome your submissions for a virtual “assembly” of voices that weave in Jewish teachings, rituals, and prayers in response to climate change Ritualwell is a living archive of Jewish rituals...  more

Jewels of Elul 2015

By Rabbi David Wolpe
"Elul calls us to be deep sea divers into our souls." Jewels of Elul is a project created by Craig Taubman that offers 29 inspirational insights for the month of Elul. The following blog...  more

When Is the Right Time to Heal?

By Hila Ratzabi
Grief begins to feel like the humidity of northeast summer: a ubiquitous discomfort that we’ve come to accept as normal.  On December 14, 2012, along with millions of other Americans, I found...  more

Jewish Grieving for a Non-Jewish Relative

By Erika Davis
I continued to wonder how a Jew-by-choice goes about honoring a dead loved one in a way that doesn’t offend non-Jewish relatives and honors my adopted Jewish traditions. I woke up suddenly in the...  more