Rituals are an important aspect of Jewish life. As Jews, we can perform rituals at home, like praying, giving Tzedakah, keeping ourselves (washing our hands upon rising from sleep, is one example) and keeping our house in proper order. There are also rituals that are weekly ones, such as Shabbat, which can be held at home and also in the synagogue.
Marriage offers its own rituals, as does child birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, rituals for the deceased, and the rituals of mourning.
The rituals that are performed on a yearly basis, such as the High Holy Days, Festival of Purim, Passover, Tisha B’Av, Chanukah, etc., bind us together as a community, and intensifies our connectedness with each other, and with G-d.
Jews, as a community, are concerned about the environment, and hold in awe and wonderment nature’s illuminations.
Compassion and concern are vital elements within the customs the Jewish community fulfills and carries out, no matter the circumstance.
Think of the rituals in your own daily lives, weekly lives and yearly lives, customs that are held and performed. Get creative, if possible, in holding tradition within the walls of your home. Let illumination shine within.
December 28, 2012 – 15 Tevet, 5773
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