ritual

Putting Grandma to Bed

My mother’s eyes were closed with fatigue. It was around 8 pm. She is so often exhausted as her body ...

What Shahs of Sunset Can Teach Us About Judaism

Picture Reza, a Persian Jew, standing with a dead goldfish reciting Kiddush, the blessing over the wine. What does Kiddush ...

When the Mikvah Water Touches Your Black Hair

A conversion brings wholeness to body, mind and spirit.

Yes, It’s (Not) All About the Seder

So what is the significance of these rituals? How do we choose what we will and will not do to take notice of this holiday?

One Small Sound for Women, One Large Blast for Womankind.

On the first day of Rosh Hashana I was invited to call the kolot (sounds) for the shofar. I must ...

Stories My Mother Never Told: Learning to Lein

“Stories My Mother Never Told” is a three-part blog series dedicated to re-envisioning what it can mean for parents and ...

Mother and Daughter Reflect on their First Mikveh Experience

BrendaIn August last year the eldest of our three daughters was married to her long time boyfriend that she met ...

Judaism for Singles or for Families?

I’m getting married next week. Most of the wedding planning is done (but, oy, the table assignments, they continue to ...

Jewish Ritual and “The Checklist Manifesto”

Jewish ritual is complicated. Take the most recent ritual we just celebrated, the seder. It has 14 steps, each of which is to ...