ritual

The rules ban religious groups from seeking converts, distributing texts, or livestreaming sermons online.
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WHICH BITCH ARE YOU? By the half-way point of fall we are surrounded by a ambient prescience of impending death. Death and
What helps us mark an event or transition to a new place? Graduations, wedding ceremonies, and promotions come to mind. But personal rituals such as lighting candles, reciting prayers, spreading ashes out into the ocean, planting a tree -- these can be just as moving.
They assign everyone a work studio plus a private bedroom in a group house. But I chose to sleep in my isolated writer's
One of my all time favorite moments of day is sunset. I live in San Francisco's Marina district just a few blocks from the Golden Gate Bridge, and on clear evenings I like to head down to the water to watch the sun set over the bridge.
On the way to the coffee shop with friends the next morning, I ran into my neighbor Monifa walking with another woman. We
Eventually, I contacted a local friend who's an Orthodox rabbi. He called ahead to the beit din. While I am certain that
If you're reading this, you're probably WEIRD. That is, you probably live in a society that's Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. People from WEIRD cultures think and perceive the world very differently from everyone else.
We live in a death-denying culture. Our denial is partially due to the inherent mystery accompanying physical death.
First, we're not dealing with what philosophers call "first-order" problems, like whether God exists or why bad things happen to good people. Instead, we're studying the cultural, cognitive, and ritual processes that undergird religion and culture.
While Western cultures tend to utilize spoken vows between the couple, many other religions rely on ceremonial and symbolic gestures.
What if we could objectively figure out which ideas about religion -- not about God, but about human phenomena like ritual and religious belief -- were true, and which weren't?
For many children, this time of year is about getting gifts far more than giving them. This is completely understandable, as these holidays are for many parents an opportunity to show children that we love them and we want them to be happy. But it's also important to teach our kids that giving presents can be as gratifying as getting them.
Thanksgiving is over. The leftovers are stored. The leaves from the dining room table leaves have been removed and relegated to attic storage. The excess calories are hopefully burning off. Onto the 'Holiday Season' in earnest. Oh boy. More stress.
This year, as we approach another dark winter, another anniversary of the Newtown shooting, and another Chanukah season, the world is once again reeling from one communal tragedy to another.
So, here is what I am working on before the big day: lowering my expectations. My older sister, mother of four, taught me this long ago. On any capital letter event involving children or any other family members, lower your expectations.