This piece was originally published at Ritualwell.org.
In partnership with the podcast Hashivenu: Jewish teachings on resilience, created by Rabbi Deborah Waxman, we are highlighting rituals that have sustained the Jewish people throughout history. The fifth episode addresses social activism. Below are 18 rituals which address, inspire, and motivate social activism, as recommended by Ritualwell.
A blessing for meeting across differences and the story behind its creation. more
The Climate Ribbon ritual creates a space to express our fears and hopes in response to the climate crisis more
Our neighborhood has lost dozens and dozens of community members and beloveds, to gun violence in just the last few years, and we are not alone more
The El Maley Rakhamim prayer reconstructed to honor the lives lost to racial violence more
A kavannah before eating to strive to make just choices more
A Hashkivenu prayer in solidarity with Native peoples defending Standing Rock more
But we must recall the innate human dignity of every person, every prisoner, and recognize their need for healing, too. T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights supports communities in marking… more
A prayer to be said by individuals working toward making Jewish communities more inclusive for people with disabilities. more
A prayer for the new U.S. president that asks for love and justice to trump hate. more
“If my knees begin to buckle, may I take them out for a walk or dance.” more
17. A Pre-March Dip
Our most holy texts make it clear that we may not stand idly by while violence is perpetrated in our midst. Our most holy texts make it clear that we may not stand idly by while violence is… more