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Read: Who Frees the Captive

Martha Hurwitz’s stunning poem evokes the liturgy of the High Holidays in asking how and why some captives are freed while others remain, investigating, agony of weighing one life against another.”

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Read: Weighing Our Words

Rabbi Isaac Saposnik reminds us of the importance of respect and empathy — and the dangers of absolutes — in engaging on social media, especially when it comes to the Israel-Hamas War.

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Read: Thanksgiving Ritual

At this time, when it may be hard to express gratitude, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Ritualwell’s new director of virtual content and programs, offers intentions to share with your Thanksgiving Day guests. 

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Watch: My Own Thinking Heart

Rabbi Haviva Ner-David, author and peace activist who lives in Israel’s Galilee region, shares the pain she feels as well as her unwavering commitment to peace. She reads a poem dedicated to Canadian-Israeli peace activist Vivian Silver, who was slain on October 7.

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Watch: Prayers for Healing

In this excerpt from Ritualwell’s weekly “Holding Each Other” gathering, Rabbi Janet Madden chants the Oseh Shalom and Mi Shebeirach prayers. Madden lovingly and soulfully expresses what so many yearn for: peace and healing.

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Training the next generation of groundbreaking rabbis

Modeling respectful conversations on pressing Jewish issues

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