In recent times, an assortment of life cycle rituals have been developed for individual and family transition important to the modern Jew. All are based on traditional elements and ceremonies whose enduring meaning are as powerful in these new settings as they are in their original ones.
By Meri Phillips
Growing up in a Conservative Jewish family, with intermarried parents, Meri never felt like she fully fit in. Now she's trying to find a religious home for her own family, and is torn by the Conservative movement's attitudes toward intermarriage.
By Dan Bindschedler
How reading The Alchemist, ultimately a Christian text, helped him reconnect with his Jewish roots.
By Sara Davies
What are the ethical and spiritual messages in Judaism? What are we supposed to learn? And who is Derek Eretz anyway?
For some, Judaism is a religion. For others, Judaism is a culture. For other still, it's both. And like many religions and cultures, there is language that goes with it.
By Rabbi Barbara Aiello
Explaining a pluralistic approach to Judaism, including seven principles and examples found at a synagogue in Italy.
By Joy Fields
A humorous look at the many different customs, traditions and practices found in one small Jewish community.
By Wendy Armon
Yiddish is more than just insults. History, explanations, and new words to use.
The song Tree of Life, with lyrics.
The Shehechiyanu blessing, with words and music.