Creating New Rituals

I was thrilled to hear back from several of you who read my essay, “Go Ahead and Change the Rituals” (Nov/Dec 2013 issue), and shared ways in which you yourselves have adapted Jewish rituals to make them meaningful. Many told me you were relieved to hear it is okay to make these personal adjustments, while others found it disrespectful to the religion. Those in favor said we should share more new rituals in order to inspire one another… and so that’s exactly what we’re doing. For this issue, we partnered with Ritualwell.org to bring you innovative ways in which Jewish women are customizing rituals to honor milestones and small moments.

Michelle Cove, Editor