THE ROLE THAT RITUALS PLAY IN OUR LIVES: Are they compelling or contrived? Essential or peripheral?
What place do rituals hold in marking special moments in our lives? Which ceremonies do we preserve or adapt to conform to our modern sensibilities? Which do we discard?
If we don’t believe in prayer, why and how do secular Jews mark the High Holidays? Do practices need to be meaningful or relevant to be sustainable? Where do dietary rules and fasting fit in? Why is Passover so compelling, but Purim less so?
We already mark the birth of a baby and the transition into adolescence. What about a ceremony for retirement or the onset of menopause? We have rituals for dedicating a new home and getting married. How about when we move out or get divorced?
Is there a ritual for being cancer-free after five years? Or getting closure on a long-standing grievance with someone who is deceased? What about marking the anniversary of our family’s arrival in America?
Rabbi Peter Schweitzer will lead an interactive discussion on these questions.
Please join us for pot-luck dessert which follows our Shabbat services and cultural program. Childcare provided for children 11 and younger.
All are welcome at this free event.