For children, traditions and rituals are significant; they provide predictability, support, and familiarity, while bringing families together and creating unity and a sense of belonging.
Despite growing up in a Jewish household, it was not until high school that my Judaism really shaped my life’s path.
When my term as youth group president ended, I was not ready to stop my social action and community building efforts, so I decided to run for the local board of education.
Aside from a date, what can these two events possibly have in common? Strange as it may seem, there are a few points of comparison.
As an inveterate - my wife would say obsessive - participant in on-line discussions, list-servs, Facebook, and blogs, I was interested to learn in a recent thread on iWorship that not all Reform congregations follow the Torah reading protocol for Rosh Hashanah set forth in Gates of Rep