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Ritualwell Open House – September 21st

September 21, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT


Hosted by Hila Ratzabi & Adva Chattler

Explore Ritualwell’s online learning offerings at our open house days! Enjoy a taste of our faculty’s inspiring teachings with short, 30-minute sessions. Free and open to all.

Open House sessions schedule:

headshot of Ellen Blum Barish11:00 a.m. EDT, Ellen Blum Barish: “Leaving a Legacy by Letter”
The letter has deep roots in Judaism. After his exile from Spain, medieval Jewish rabbi Nachmanides (the Ramban) sent a letter to his son offering his blueprint for an ethical life. We will read Ramban’s letter as well as other literary letters to get a feel for how values and beliefs have been expressed and passed along to others. You will leave with writing prompts to help you explore your core values that may find articulation via letter.


11:30 a.m. EDT – ADVOT Info session
Curious about ADVOT@Ritualwell, our year-long cohort for ritual innovators, poets, and liturgists? Hop into an info session to ask your questions and learn more about this dynamic, online, Jewish creative community!


headshot of rachel neve midbar12:00 p.m. EDT, Rachel Neve-Midbar: “Restoring the Soul: Entering the World of the Psalms”
The Torah offers us a vision of the world as it is and the world as we hope it might be. This is nowhere better exemplified than in the 150 poems written by a most imperfect man: David, King of Israel. Enter the world of this gorgeous poetry that marries our flawed world with our hopes and dreams of a world beyond our own.


headshot of Alden Solovy 1:00 p.m. EDT, Alden Solovy: “Song at the Sea: A Liturgy for the Ages”
Explore the liturgical layers of Shirat Ha-Yam, the Song at the Sea, sung in triumph by the Israelites after crossing the Red Sea. Using both text study and guided visualization, poet and liturgist Alden Solovy will guide us on our own journey to find meaning in this ancient song and to find writing prompts woven throughout the text.


headshot of sivan rotholz 2:00 p.m. EDT, Sivan Rotholz: “Why Feminist Torah Matters”
What is feminist Torah? Who writes it? Who reads it? And how does our Jewish experience open up when we re-encounter our sacred texts through a feminist lens? Join gynocentric Torah scholar and student rabbi Sivan Rotholz as we take a dip into the world of feminist Torah and discover, together, some of its treasures.



September 21, 2022
11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
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