rituals

Hanukkah Gift Ideas for Newcomers to the Tribe

Suggestions for the Jew-by-choice or the person who recently married into the Jewish community.

What Is A Mikveh?

Whether you're dunking for conversion or for any other reason, here's what to expect at the ritual bath.

Jewish Spirituality

Renewing Jewish expression, belief, and practice--in ways traditional and new.

Studying New Ritual

Looking through the lens of material culture.

Why Jews Hang a Mezuzah on the Doorpost

A mezuzah declares: The people who dwell here live Jewish lives.

Jewish Art 101

An introduction to Jewish visual arts from Bezalel to the 21st century.

The Basics of Kriah, or Tearing a Piece of Clothing

The ancient practice of tearing clothes is a tangible expression of grief and anger in the face of death.

How to Light Shabbat Candles

What you need to know about this ritual welcoming the Sabbath.

Shabbat 101

A weekly observance, the Sabbath is more than just a day off from labor.