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  • Storytelling lends even more magic to the Exodus saga

    The seder experience requires us to be engaged storytellers, not passive participants. After all, the Haggadah states, “all who expound upon the Passover story shall be praised.”

  • Pump up the volume: Music propels the way to a rededicated Jewish life

    Chanukah means dedication, so it’s a great time to do a little rededication of our Jewish lives. Classic and contemporary Chanukah music can help.

  • Taking seven steps to ‘Sukkot happiness’

    “Sukkot happy” is a bit different from the kind of happy that our post-modern culture espouses. Here is a plan with seven steps to help you get there.

  • Make this the year of the apology

    The phrase “I’m sorry” kicks off a process of profound self-transformation, so this High Holidays season, let it be your “year of the apology,” Dasee Berkowitz writes.

  • Through women of the Haggadah, deepening the seder experience

    Expanding the notion of the Passover tale by letting the righteous women of the Exodus story lead the way.

  • Turning the world upside-down on Purim

    Purim is the “upside-down” holiday, so consider performing its mitzvahs in new, unusual ways.

  • A twist on Chanukah giving

    Give of yourself this Chanukah season on each night of the holiday, Jewish life-cycle consultant Dasee Berkowitz suggests.

  • Judaism without the “experts”

    Some folks in the Jewish community decry the rise in “privatized Judaism.” From a Jewish institutional perspective, this makes perfect sense. The bar or bat mitzvah celebration that takes place outside of the synagogue; the wedding officiated by friends of the couple without a rabbi present; couples who create their own wedding ceremony mixing Jewish…

  • A Jewish wedding without God?

    As a Jewish life cycle consultant who guides couples and families toward creating meaningful ceremonies, I am presented with all sorts of creative, sometimes puzzling requests from couples planning their weddings. One client had a particularly interesting request — a Jewish wedding ceremony that left God out of it. Both members of the couple are…