Why Jewish Lifecycle Rituals

Jewish Tradition and the Lifecycle

Jewish lifecycle rituals reflect a communal orientation, the democratic nature of traditions, the relationship between the biological and the social, and the inevitability of evolution and change.

The Personal is Communal

Events in the "calendar" of the lifecycle are private, yet connect us to the "unseen presences" of missing family members and our entire people throughout history.

Passageless Rites

While some meaningful life events go by without any ritual to mark them, too often rituals take place without the participants experiencing any significant meaning.

What Do Lifecycle Celebrations Do?

Jewish lifecycle ceremonies celebrate change, and sanctify the ordinary.

Why Do We Have Lifecycle Rituals?

Overview of why Jewish ritual and what it does.