Doing a Rosh Hashanah ritual

All You Need is Chalk and Water for This Rosh Hashanah Ritual

For this fun new spin on tashlich, all you need is chalk

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Marrying Off a Daughter as a Values Clarification Exercise

Personal Narrative about a mother’s efforts to connect with her daughter’s Iranian in-laws before the wedding to prevent an awkward ceremony, and to establish an ongoing relationship.

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The Shrinking Crucifix

Personal Narrative in which a Jewish mother whose son is being married to a Catholic woman in a church by a cantor and priest is first horrified by the huge cross in the church, yet when she returns on the wedding day, the cros

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Finding Shabbat When It Feels Like Shabbat is Nowhere to be Found

In a class I teach to engaged and recently married young couples, I talk about the importance of finding time to recharge, refresh and reconnect with one another. We discuss this not in the context of “date night,” but rather in the context of Shabbat. I like to point out that Shabbat is a state […]

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Ten Tips to Enliven the Seder: Ways to Delay That Fifth Question

Reprinted professional advice on how to make a Passover seder, fun, engaging, and spiritual for both kids and adults.

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Was the Last Supper a Passover Seder?

Professional view from a rabbi describing, simply, the scholarsihp on whether The Last Supper was a Passover seder–it seems that it?wasn?t.

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writing our own haggadah

Writing Our Own Haggadah

Personal narrative about a woman in an interfaith marriage who writes a hagaddah with friends so that she, her husband and their friends will all feel comfortable with the seder

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Shabbat Unbound

By Jared David Berezin Many years ago I was in a book club and read a collection of essays called Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call For Justice. The book explored how Jewish thought intersects with issues of social justice, and each chapter focused on a different subject: poverty, the environment, health care, human rights, reproductive […]

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The Battle of the Bar Mitzvah Guest List

Before I signed the contract for the place where we would have our son’s bar mitzvah, I needed a rough idea of the size of our group so I could let the venue know the number of people we would guarantee. I started a spreadsheet with names of family, friends, and acquaintances: anyone I could […]

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We Chose Love with a Full Moon Ritual

By Kelly Banker The moon has recently become new, and therefore our Jewish calendar has just transitioned to the month of Av, one of my favorite months of the year. Av is a time to celebrate love and to recognize destruction in our histories and in our world. I appreciate this duality, the way that […]

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