Ritualwell

Tradition & Innovation

Holidays. Purim, Passover, Holocaust Remembrance Day, even Thanksgiving. Holiday rituals connect us with history and community.

“The Jewish holidays are not random moments scattered over the year,” says Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, “but purposeful occurrences that draw their power from multiple sources—the natural world and its seasons, myth, religious traditions, folk customs, and decisive historical events in the life of our people” (The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary). Jewish holidays allow us to celebrate, grieve, play, and sing together as a people. They are full of opportunities to connect with our traditions, our souls and each other. Some of our oldest festivals, such as Passover (Pesakh) and Sukkot, have been enhanced by new rituals and feminist voices. Newer holidays, such as Israeli Independence Day (Yom Ha'Atzmaut) and Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah), are enriched by echoes from our deepest past. Contemporary secular holidays, such as Thanksgiving, offer additional times for reflection, gratitude, and tikkun olam with family and community. 

Ingredients of Prayer: Writing Contemporary Liturgy

What makes a prayer a prayer? What are the varieties of ways to encounter prayer in our daily lives and make it our own? How do I write my own prayers? Join acclaimed liturgist Alden Solovy in a playful and inquisitive exploration of the ingredients of prayer. Connect with other seekers and write your own prayers in a safe and supportive environment. Classes meet online through Zoom and begin October 16th. All are welcome!

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