Life Events

Newborn Ceremonies

Brush up on the basics of newborn ceremonies, from circumcisions to ceremonies for girls.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah

The coming-of-age ceremony for Jewish young adults.


The ceremony to join together two people in marriage.


Becoming a member of the tribe.

Death and Mourning

Jewish traditions and rituals for grieving.

Life Stages

What Makes a Home Jewish?

They are filled with ethnic and religious objects, and others imbued with special meaning.

Looking For a Caregiver

Finding a caregiver for a parent, spouse, or child is a daunting task.

Jewish Education

There is a growing sophistication and diversity in this field.

Leaving for College

A ritual for sending young people off to college.

Finding Each Other in Judaism

This book by Harold Schulweis offers meditations on Jewish rites of passage over a lifetime.



Life without amiable companionship was unthinkable to the sages of the Talmud.

Parents & Children

A relationship that's commanded to be respectful.

Spouses & Partners

Throughout Jewish history even into the modern era, marriage has been considered an essential experience of Jewish adulthood.


How has the Jewish tradition understood this unique set of relationships?

On Living Far From Family

Who will watch the children when the grandparents live far away?

Sex & Sexuality

Jewish Approaches

Jewish tradition looks favorably on sex and sexuality, given certain conditions.


What's the mdoern Jewish response to homosexuality?

Premarital Sex

Judaism's attitude toward premarital sex is intriguing...

Coming Out in an Orthodox Jewish High School

One student's very personal account of coming out as gay in his Jewish high school.

Talking About Sex With Your Children

Procreative sex isn't that hard to explain. It's recreational sex that's the challenge.