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.

Kippah, Tallit and Tefillin

The clothing of Jewish prayer.

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.