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  • Title: Ritualwell | Tradition & Innovation
    Descriptive info: .. Skip to main content.. log in.. |.. create an account.. Ritualwell.. Tradition Innovation.. Reconstructionist.. Rabbinical College.. Browse Rituals.. Life Cycles.. Healing Hard Times.. Everyday Holiness.. Holidays.. Shabbat.. About RitualWell.. About Us.. News.. About Ritual.. RitualWell Glossary.. Blog.. Videos.. My RitualWell.. Get Email Updates.. HELP SUSTAIN RITUALWELL!.. Donate Now.. Welcome.. Browse thousands of Jewish rituals, watch a video, download a ritual, or build your own.. LEARN MORE.. Blessing Creation.. Hanukkah.. prayers for a safer and better world.. [.. more.. ].. Light My Fire.. Learn how to light the.. candles.. Justice on the Table.. A Thanksgiving.. Birkat Hamazon.. that prays for justice.. We Are Grateful for So Much!.. A Thanksgiving Prayer.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. BLOG | November 29, 2013.. A Prayer for Human  ...   May We Use Our Resources Well.. A blessing for giving.. tzedakah.. Celebrating women who came before us.. Reviving the.. tradition of Chag Habanot.. Upcoming Holidays.. December.. S.. M.. T.. W.. F.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. 9.. 10.. 11.. 12.. 13.. 14.. 15.. 16.. 17.. 18.. 19.. 20.. 21.. 22.. 23.. 24.. 25.. 26.. 27.. 28.. 29.. 30.. 31.. Rosh Chodesh Tevet: Dec.. -Jan.. -.. 12/03/2013.. Tu b Shevat -.. 01/15/2014.. Purim -.. 03/15/2014.. Passover -.. 04/14/2014.. Counting the Omer -.. 04/16/2014.. Add Your Own Ritual.. Follow Us.. Top Viewed Rituals.. May the One Who Blessed Our Mothers.. Grandparenting Ritual.. My Ritualwell.. Contact Us.. Site Policies.. Copyright 2013 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.. 1299 Church Road, Wyncote, PA 19095.. 215-576-0800.. ritualwell@rrc.. edu..

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We want to respect the integrity of all material contributed and utilized through our website, so we ask you to follow these simple guidelines.. Unless otherwise specifically agreed in writing, the information provided on our site is for educational and religious purposes only.. You may use our Site only as permitted by law, and in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.. By contributing or using the material on this website, you agree to the terms and conditions of this notice.. A) Material submitted to or currently found on Ritualwell.. org is intended for personal or communal use only.. It is not intended for commercial use unless agreed by all parties in a prior written agreement.. By submitting your work to Ritualwell.. org or with the continued posting of any material previously submitted, you are giving us a limited, transferable, irrevocable, fully paid, non-exclusive and worldwide license to use your material on our site.. You are also giving permission to all Ritualwell.. org third-party users to use it in their private rituals and other non-commercial, communal uses.. By giving permission, you warrant that all material submitted to this site by you, including without limitation, text, photographs, graphics and video and audio content, and derivative works is owned or licensed by you and does not violate copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret laws or other proprietary rights of a third party.. B) Third-party users are encouraged to incorporate these materials in their private rituals.. However, third-party users agree that Ritualwell.. org reserves the right to restrict any use determined to be inappropriate by Ritualwell.. org or outside the purpose of this website.. C) If you are sharing material created or owned by other people, please be sure to provide appropriate credit on your submission and make sure you have the originator's permission before submitting your ritual.. 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  • Title: Life Cycles. Whether we are coming together or moving apart in the cycle of life, we can mark the moment with creative and inspiring ritual.
    Descriptive info: Fertility, Pregnancy Adoption.. Childbirth.. Welcoming Raising Children.. Becoming a Jewish Adult.. Sanctifying Intimate Relationships.. Gender Sexual Identity.. Choosing Affirming a Jewish Life.. Ending Relationships.. Growing Older.. Death Mourning.. Whether we are coming together or moving apart in the cycle of life, we can mark the moment with creative and inspiring ritual.. Maimonides, the great Jewish scholar and philosopher, taught that we have a sacred obligation to visit the sick, bury the dead, and celebrate with the bride and groom.. (Maimonides,.. Hilchot Avel.. 14:1) Caring for the lifecycle needs of our friends, family and neighbors is an integral part of our lives as Jews.. Contemporary lifestyles both invite and challenge us to do this.. Our families are often scattered and our time is frequently tight.. But moments  ...   the covenant; adult.. b’nei mitzvah.. ;.. and gay and lesbian marriages and commitment ceremonies.. Together, we can craft life cycle rituals that build on tradition and celebrate the vibrant Jewish present.. Photo provided by Cathy Brook-Wong.. More.. Old Symbols, New Rituals: Adapting Traditional Symbols, Ceremonies and Blessings.. By Marcia Cohn Spiegel | Article.. Myriad suggestions and tips for creating new ceremonies while respecting tradition.. Found In:.. God Language.. From Kol Haneshamah Daily Prayerbook | Document.. Traditional and alternative phrases for blessing formulation.. Greening Your Simkhah.. From the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation | Document.. Guidelines developed by the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Illinois, the first (and only) house of worship in the world to receive Platinum-Level certification from the US Green Building Council.. ,.. Preserving Creation.. Tags:.. eco-friendly..

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  • Title: Healing & Hard Times. Hard times are inevitable. But support and healing are available in many forms. Rituals - from mikveh to meditation - can help us move from darkness to light.
    Descriptive info: Communal Tragedy.. Hard Times.. Healing Services.. Healing from Trauma Abuse.. Healing from Illness.. Healing & Hard Times.. Hard times are inevitable.. But support and healing are available in many forms.. Rituals - from.. mikveh.. to meditation - can help us move from darkness to light.. “Comfort, comfort My people,.. nachamu nachamu ami.. ” (Isaiah, chapter 40, verse 1).. The prophet Isaiah offered these simple but profound words from God to the Jewish people after the Temple was destroyed and all hope seemed lost.. For Isaiah, comfort existed in the belief that a better day was coming and in the certainty that good would triumph over evil.. Today, many of us struggle to find meaning during illness, death, divorce, violence, even natural disasters.. While we may long for something as unwavering as Isaiah’s faith, few of us have that.. So we search for tools to help us confront the truth of hardship and begin the process of healing.. If we withdraw into our own private pain, ritual has the power to pull us out.. It connects us with community—however large or small—and provides us with the hope, love and wisdom others can offer.. As we build new rituals for healing and hard times, Isaiah’s ancient words remind us  ...   hope for a better tomorrow.. Daily Prayer Mindfulness.. Tell God.. Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp.. Opening a door to new stories and possibilities as we search for peace and comfort.. Kos Miryam for Shabbat.. Kol Isha | Ritual Component.. A meditation Before Candle-lighting that includes Kos Miryam along with blessings for healing and renewal.. Friday Evening.. meditation.. Miriam s cup.. Kos Miryam for Havdalah.. Including Kos Miryam and blessings for healing after the.. Havdalah.. ceremony.. Ending Shabbat: Havdalah.. Birkat ha-Gomel.. Prayer.. Traditional prayer of thanks for a mother after delivering a child, or for one who has recently escaped danger or returned safely from a journey.. Traveling.. gomel.. From Darkness to Light.. By Talia Campbell | Prayer.. A prayer to find the holy sparks within the dark places of ourselves.. Mikveh Following Cancer.. By Diane Bernbaum | Article.. A piece describing a woman's experiences with breast cancer and the healing power of a.. ritual.. cancer.. Ahavat Olam (Eternal Love).. By Bracha Yael | Prayer.. A prayer, based on the traditional Ahavat Olam (eternal love) adapted for someone who died of AIDS.. Evening Service.. Healing Well.. Ariel Neshama Lee.. | Prayer.. A healing prayer to be said when immersing in the.. Mikveh for Monthly Use: Niddah.. Pages.. next ›.. last »..

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  • Title: Everyday Holiness. Finding the holy in the everyday helps ensure that we don't take life for granted.
    Descriptive info: Pursuing Justice.. Blessings for Food.. Parenting Day-to-Day.. Honoring Our Animal Companions.. Endings Beginnings.. Communal Milestones.. Finding the holy in the everyday helps ensure that we don't take life for granted.. Imagine reciting 100 blessings each day—that’s what the.. Talmud.. teaches.. (Menachot 43b) According to tradition, we should say these blessings over experiences ranging from waking and eating to wearing new clothes or starting a journey.. There is even a prayer for smelling a freshly mown lawn.. Why? Blessings remind us that our lives are full of moments waiting to be lived fully.. The act of thanking God for creating fragrant grass turns an everyday occurrence into something holy.. When we pause to say a blessing, we draw attention to life’s ordinary moments, elevate them, and imbue them with meaning.. Ritual serves the same purpose.. Just as saying a blessing before eating helps us appreciate  ...   with a story and a kiss.. We can also create more elaborate rituals to mark transitions such as moving into a new home, starting or ending a job, or making changes in personal relationships.. Jewish rituals old and new help us sanctify our precious and singular lives.. Prayer for the Levites.. Trisha Arlin.. Prayer for rabbis/organizers and their communities.. Labor Day.. Coming Home Ritual for Couples.. Lisa Bock.. | Complete Ceremony.. A ritual for returning home and letting go of the day that has past.. handwashing.. Lechi Lach.. Lyrics by Debbie Friedman, z"l & Savina Teubal (based on Genesis 12:1-2) | Song.. "Lechi lach to a place that I will show you/Lech lecha to a land you do not know…" —song by Debbie Friedman, z"l based on God's words to.. Abraham.. to seek his destiny.. Covenant Naming Rituals.. Torah Portion: Parashah.. Debbie Friedman.. Lekh Lekha..

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  • Title: Holidays. Purim, Passover, Holocaust Remembrance Day, even Thanksgiving. Holiday rituals connect us with history and community.
    Descriptive info: Month of Elul.. Rosh Hashanah.. Yom Kippur.. Sukkot.. Shemini Atzeret Simchat Torah.. Tu b Shevat.. Purim.. Passover.. Counting the Omer.. Holocaust Remembrance Day.. Shavuot.. Tisha b Av Minor Fast Days.. Rosh Chodesh.. Secular Holidays.. Israeli Holidays.. Purim, Passover, Holocaust Remembrance Day, even Thanksgiving.. Holiday rituals connect us with history and community.. “The Jewish holidays are not random moments scattered over the year,” says Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, “but purposeful occurrences that draw their power from multiple sources—the natural world and its seasons, myth, religious traditions, folk customs, and decisive historical events in the life of our people.. ” (..  ...   a people.. They are full of opportunities to connect with our traditions, our souls and each other.. Some of our oldest festivals, such as Passover (.. Pesach.. ) and.. , have been enhanced by new rituals and feminist voices.. Newer holidays, such as Israeli Independence Day (.. Yom Ha'atzma'ut.. Holocaust.. Remembrance Day (.. Yom Hashoah.. ), are enriched by echoes from our deepest past.. Contemporary secular holidays, such as Thanksgiving, offer additional times for reflection, gratitude and.. tikkun olam.. with family and community.. Symbolic Foods.. From the Itim Institute | Ritual Component.. Sephardic.. traditions imbuing food with meaning.. Sephardi..

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  • Title: Shabbat & daily life. Sabbath rituals help us move from our everyday state of doing to simply being. Food, family, song, intention and rest--all can play a part.
    Descriptive info: Contemporary Shabbat Practice.. Saturday.. Shabbat & daily life.. Sabbath rituals help us move from our everyday state of.. doing.. to simply.. being.. Food, family, song, intention and rest--all can play a part.. Rabbi.. Joshua Heschel described.. as a day that asks us “to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation, from the world of creation to the creation of the world.. ” (Abraham Joshua Heschel,.. The Sabbath).. When we observe Shabbat we neither produce nor consume.. We acknowledge and appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world around us.. We eat good food, enjoy the company of friends and family, devote time to study and prayer, and slow down enough to see what is good in nature and valuable in the communities we have built.. In a society that functions 24/7, even minimal Shabbat observance sometimes seems to contradict everything around us.. For some people, it might feel radical to insist that something bigger than all of us requires us to change our pace and be grateful and humble once a week.. Yet, as Heschel asked about the Sabbath: “Is there any other institution that holds out as much hope for (humanity’s) progress?”.. Choose your City.. Atlanta, GA, USA.. Austin, TX, USA.. Baltimore, MD, USA.. Boston, MA, USA.. Buffalo, NY, USA.. Chicago, IL, USA.. Cincinnati, OH, USA.. Cleveland, OH, USA.. Columbus, OH, USA.. Dallas, TX, USA.. Denver, CO, USA.. Detroit, MI, USA.. Hartford, CT, USA.. Honolulu, HI, USA.. Houston, TX, USA.. Lakewood, NJ, USA.. Las Vegas, NV, USA.. Livingston, NY, USA.. Los Angeles, CA, USA.. Memphis, TN, USA.. Miami, FL, USA.. Milwaukee, WI, USA.. Monsey, NY, USA.. New Haven, CT, USA.. New York, NY, USA.. Omaha, NE, USA.. Orlando, FL, USA.. Passaic, NJ, USA.. Philadelphia, PA, USA.. Phoenix, AZ, USA.. Pittsburgh, PA, USA.. Portland, OR, USA.. Providence, RI, USA.. Richmond, VA, USA.. Rochester, NY, USA.. Saint Louis, MO, USA.. Saint Paul, MN, USA.. San Diego, CA, USA.. San Francisco, CA, USA.. Seattle, WA, USA.. Silver Spring, MD, USA.. Teaneck, NJ, USA.. Washington, DC, USA.. White Plains, NY, USA.. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.. Edmonton, Aberta, Canada.. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.. Montréal, Quebec, Canada.. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.. Québec City, Quebec, Canada.. Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.. St.. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.. Ashdod, Israel.. Ashkelon, Israel.. Bat Yam, Israel.. Be'er Sheva, Israel.. Beit Shemesh, Israel.. Bnei Brak, Israel.. Eilat, Israel.. Haifa, Israel.. Herzliya, Israel.. H adera, Israel.. H olon, Israel.. Jerusalem, Israel.. Kfar Saba, Israel.. Lod, Israel.. Modi'in, Israel.. Nazareth, Israel.. Netanya, Israel.. Petach Tikvah, Israel.. 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Pyongyang, North Korea.. Rangoon, Myanmar.. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.. Sanaa, Yemen.. Sapporo, Japan.. Semarang, Indonesia.. Seoul, Korea.. Shanghai, China.. Shenyang, China.. Shenzhen, China.. Shiyan, China.. Singapore, Singapore.. South Tangerang, Indonesia.. Surabaya, Indonesia.. Sūrat, India.. Taipei, Taiwan.. Tai’an, China.. Tangerang, Indonesia.. Tashkent, Uzbekistan.. Tbilisi, Georgia.. Tehrān, Iran.. Thimphu, Bhutan.. Tianjin, China.. Tokyo, Japan.. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.. Vientiane, Laos.. Wuhan, China.. Xi’an, China.. Yerevan, Armenia.. Yueyang, China.. Zhumadian, China.. İstanbul, Turkey.. İzmir, Turkey.. Ōsaka-shi, Japan.. Adelaide, Australia.. Alofi, Niue.. Apia, Samoa.. Auckland, New Zealand.. Avarua, Cook Islands.. Brisbane, Australia.. Canberra, Australia.. Christchurch, New Zealand.. Funafuti, Tuvalu.. Gold Coast, Australia.. Hobart, Australia.. Honiara, Solomon Islands.. Melbourne, Australia.. Nouméa, New Caledonia.. Pago Pago, American Samoa.. Papeete, French Polynesia.. Perth, Australia.. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.. Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.. Suva, Fiji.. Sydney, Australia.. Wellington, New Zealand.. Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.. Abuja, Nigeria.. Accra, Ghana.. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.. Al Jīzah, Egypt.. Alexandria, Egypt.. Algiers, Algeria.. Antananarivo, Madagascar.. Asmara, Eritrea.. Bamako, Mali.. Bangui, Central African Republic.. Banjul, Gambia.. Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.. Brazzaville, Congo.. Bujumbura, Burundi.. Cairo, Egypt.. Camayenne, Guinea.. Cape Town, South Africa.. Casablanca, Morocco.. Conakry, Guinea.. Dakar, Senegal.. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.. Dodoma, Tanzania.. Douala, Cameroon.. Durban, South Africa.. Freetown, Sierra Leone.. Gaborone, Botswana.. Harare, Zimbabwe.. Jamestown, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.. Johannesburg, South Africa.. Kampala, Uganda.. Khartoum, Sudan.. Kigali, Rwanda.. Kinshasa, Democratic Congo.. Kumasi, Ghana.. Lagos, Nigeria.. Libreville, Gabon.. Lilongwe, Malawi.. Lomé, Togo.. Luanda, Angola.. Lubumbashi, Democratic Congo.. Lusaka, Zambia.. Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.. Mamoudzou, Mayotte.. Maputo, Mozambique.. Maseru, Lesotho.. Mbabane, Swaziland.. Mogadishu, Somalia.. Monrovia, Liberia.. Moroni, Comoros.. N'djamena, Chad.. Nairobi, Kenya.. Niamey, Niger.. Nouakchott, Mauritania.. Omdurman, Sudan.. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.. Port Louis, Mauritius.. Porto-novo, Benin.. Praia, Cape Verde.. Pretoria, South Africa.. Rabat, Morocco.. São Tomé, Sao Tome and Principe.. Tripoli, Libya.. Tunis, Tunisia.. Victoria, Seychelles.. Windhoek, Namibia.. Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire.. Yaoundé, Cameroon.. Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson | Blog Post.. T ruah.. What if the Shema were written by Doctor Seuss? [MP3].. Leiah Moser.. A Dr.. Seuss interpretation of the v'ahavtah.. shema.. kid-friendly.. Refuah Sheleimah (Prayer and song) [MP3].. Rahel (Ann R.. Silverman-Limor).. | Song.. An original melody excerpted from the prayer for healing.. mi sheberakh.. By Sharon Morton | Complete Ceremony.. A grandparent.. to be held in synagogue once or twice a year for all those who have become grandparents during the previous year.. Grandparenting.. Kiddush Over Wine.. Blessing over wine, said at all joyous gatherings.. Included are masculine and feminine blessings and a non-gendered blessing by liturgist Marcia Falk.. kiddush.. Marcia Falk.. Ki Orech Yamim: wishes for a long life.. Music by Eric Weissman | Song.. From Proverbs 3:2.. Asher Yatzar (The One who forms).. By Elliot Rose Kukla | Prayer.. A prayer of gratitude for our bodies: for men, women, intersex, transgender people and everybody else.. Gender Transitioning.. Morning Service.. LGBTIQ.. yotzer.. A New Morning Prayer.. By Ellen Dannin | Poem.. Poetic interpretation of the morning blessings.. morning blessings.. Merger Poem.. By Judy Chicago | Poem.. "And then all that has divided us will merge/ And then compassion will be wedded to power/ And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind.. ".. aleinu.. Judy Chicago..

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  • Title: About Us
    Descriptive info: Ritualwell is a unique resource where you can find, create and share Jewish ritual of all kinds.. Blending tradition and innovation, we help you discover and design rituals that will enhance your Jewish life.. As we all share ideas, information, and lessons learned, Ritualwell becomes more than a resource.. We build a community.. Into this community we invite all of you: Jews by birth, Jews by choice, fellow travelers and seekers of all kinds.. Here, you can offer comments on existing rituals, share new material, create a.. profile of yourself.. to connect with others, and build personalized rituals for your life using the wealth of resources on this site.. Ritualwell is a project of.. Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies of RRC.. and was created in partnership with.. Ma’yan.. , the Jewish Women’s Project.. Thanks to Ruth Heiges for her contributions to earlier iterations of this project.. Rabbi Roni Handler.. Editor.. Roni Handler graduated from RRC in 2011 and now serves as its director of community learning and editor of Ritualwell.. During her student years at RRC, Roni served the Reconstructionist community as the Sabbatical Rabbi for Or Hadash in Ft.. Washington, PA, as an intern at Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore and at Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia.. She also worked with youth and college students at Camp JRF, No’ar Hadash (Reconstructionist youth movement) and Brandeis University.. In addition, Roni worked at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community.. Mikveh.. and Education Center and The Rashi School.. A native Philadelphian, Roni also has extensive experience teaching Hebrew/Religious School and conducting family education programs.. She received her  ...   Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Temple University.. Deborah is a graduate of Brown University.. She received rabbinic ordination and a master of arts in Hebrew letters from RRC, and earned a doctorate in religion and certificate in Jewish women’s studies from Temple University in Philadelphia.. Lori Hope Lefkovitz, Ph.. Founding Director of Kolot/.. Founding Executive Editor of Ritualwell.. Lori Hope Lefkovitz served RRC as the Sadie Gottesman and Arlene Gottesman Reff Professor of Gender and Judaism at RRC and was the founding director of Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies of RRC.. She is now the Ruderman Professor and Director of Jewish Studies at Northeastern University.. Lori was a Fulbright Professor at Hebrew University, a fellow at the Philadelphia Association of Psychoanalysis, and a Woodrow Wilson fellow in the Women’s Studies Division.. She is the author of books and articles in the fields of literature, theory and gender and Judaism.. Rabbi Rona Shapiro.. Founding Editor of Ritualwell.. Rabbi Rona Shapiro graduated from Harvard College in 1984 and received rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1990.. From 1990-2000, she served as the executive director of Berkeley Hillel.. From 2000-07, she worked as a senior associate at Ma’yan: the Jewish Women’s Project in New York City where she edited, compiled and launched the first versions of ritualwell.. In 2007, Rona became the spiritual leader of Congregation Bethaynu in Cleveland, Ohio; in 2011 her congregation joined B’nai Jeshurun, a larger Conservative congregation in Cleveland, where she now serves as rabbi.. She is the author of numerous articles.. All photography by.. Jordan Cassway.. unless otherwise noted..

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  • Title: Ritualwell News
    Descriptive info: Ritualwell News.. NEWS | June 13, 2013.. Rabbi Roni Handler talks to the Jewish Exponent about rebel women.. Handler is quoted about the brave decisions of the Bible's most rebellious women.. NEWS | November 20, 2012.. Rabbi Roni Handler writes about her wedding in Tablet.. Handler relates how she negotiated ritual and family challenges as she prepared for her wedding.. NEWS | October 5, 2012.. Rabbi Roni Handler is interviewed by Interfaith  ...   First Comes Law, Then Comes Marriage.. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.. NEWS | March 29, 2012.. For Passover, Ritualwell Connects Innovation with Tradition.. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.. Rabbi Roni Handler is quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer about b not mitzvah.. Handler talks about how the.. bat.. mitzvah.. brought other innovations to modern Jewish life.. Read.. Judith.. Kaplan Eisenstein's.. recollections.. of the first American.. bat mitzvah.. , the 90th anniversary of which is being celebrated this year..

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  • Title: About Ritual
    Descriptive info: Some people wake up every morning with a cup of coffee and.. The.. New York Times.. Some people put their children to bed each night with a story, a song and a special good night kiss.. Some families watch football after every Thanksgiving meal.. Some friends gather weekly to play poker or talk about books.. All of these are rituals—they organize life and give it predictability.. They connect us to each other and bring fullness to our lives.. Some people light candles every Friday night.. Some say a prayer before eating.. Some families welcome babies with ancient ceremonies and new blessings.. Some friends gather to celebrate Jewish holidays.. These, too, are rituals.. They connect us with Jewish time and the Jewish people; they lift us from the ordinary to the sacred; they bring meaning and order to our lives.. Ritual helps us pay attention.. From the joy of a recovery to the grief of a funeral, ritual helps us inhabit  ...   prayers, listen while the mourners talk of their loss, and make sure that all practical details are handled.. These rituals bring healing to the bereaved, but they do something for the caregivers as well.. When a community celebrates or grieves together, it gains strength as its members grow more tightly connected to each other.. We at Ritualwell believe strongly in the power of ritual.. We trust that carefully chosen words and actions can transform people and shape our experiences of the world.. We appreciate the power of traditional Jewish ritual, while also being committed to innovation.. Contemporary life is rich in moments for which we have no traditional ritual or prayer.. But we are certain that you can help us find ways to make the tradition speak—or sing—even in circumstances that our ancestors couldn’t have imagined.. We are delighted to work with you to craft and share Jewish rituals for the seasons of the year and the cycles of our lives..

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