May 2, 2015
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"Ritual does for behavior what poetry does for words." When the hope of youthful enthusiasm turns grim and gray and the spiritual challenge of uncertainty beckons, a rabbi finds hope in ritual as poetry in action, recognizing the spirituality in the routine, recapturing the sacred in the mundane, and rediscovering beauty in the ordinary.
January 23, 2015
An Unofficial Guide to Officiating a Wedding of “Nones”
In a day where more and more wedding ceremonies are not presided over by an official religious figure, there's much to figure out when it comes to designing a ritual. Some practices to consider for modern nuptials.
January 2, 2015
The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet
Tonight, all around the world, many Muslims celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad with festive decorations, devotional songs, and sweet candies. Omid Safi explains the annual ritual in more detail and the debate among Muslims about celebrating it.
December 23, 2014
Finding Ancient (Pagan) Meaning in the Darkness of Advent
Through learning about Advent’s ancient connection to the Winter Solstice, the author rediscovers the "silky silence" of December’s darkness and the "nascent light" inside each one of us.
December 7, 2014
The Uncomfortable Courage To Be Touched
In a culture of curated sharing, the intimacy of human touch can be daunting — even for a pastor. An essay on how the practice of laying on of hands is a quiet and necessary rite that ought to become part of our story again.
November 21, 2014
Let the Discomfort Begin with Me
Atul Gawande's new book on the aging and the dying process inspires this column on turning bearing witness to our own instincts and doing things a different way.
October 3, 2014
Spiritual Practices Hidden in Plain Sight
Sometimes the most sacred experiences happen in the most mundane of places: in a big box store, after your spouse empties the litter box, or during an encounter with a taxi driver.
September 28, 2014
Meditation on a Tallis
During the High Holy Days, a daughter remembers her father and the blessing he was as he aged — with memory and a poem.
In a culture with too few rituals, what role does drink play in the contemporary rituals of our times? Courtney Martin on memory, communal moments, and the potential for a true suspension of self.
December 23, 2013
How to Make Meaning of the Holidays as a Non-Christian
How does a child of Indian immigrants — and a new mother — who isn't Christian celebrate the Christmas season in the U.S.? By taking it in and making it her own tradition.
October 28, 2011
Facing Our Darkness on Halloween Night
Halloween can be as grace-filled as it is black-dark, a night to discover that when we venture out into the darkness of the unknown, the night can be beautiful.
Remembering that the celebrations of Holy Week are not about cataclysmic resurrections, but about bravely entering into loneliness with a small spring of consoling company.
November 28, 2010
Connecting with the Universe through the Distilled Quiet
Growing up in the thirties and forties, we engaged in the universe at our doorsteps. Summer was my favorite time. We caught June bugs in our hands and placed them in jars with blades of grass to feed them as we listened to their buzzing sounds. At dusk we caught…
March 12, 2010
What’s Your Hindu Star Birthday?
Discover your star birthday with this fun three-step guide!
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