New ELI Talk on Parenting as a Spiritual Practice!

I’m so excited to release my ELI talk into the world. It’s on parenting as a spiritual practice–the ways in which our experience of parenting can be transformed by bringing in some Jewish notions, and the ways in which our understanding of Judaism can be upended by taking the labor of parents seriously. The wonderful …

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Horrendous Email Meltdown

Evidently if you’ve sent me email from this site in the last YEAR I may not have gotten it. Which is pretty much The Worst Thing Ever.  It should work now, I hope–I had issues, thought I fixed them, and then discovered that they were not fixed.  As far as I can tell, anyone who …

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Looking For the Chametz Within Ourselves

One of the mitzvot associated with Passover is that of removing chametz, leaven, from one’s domain. In contemporary practice, this involves not only getting rid of pasta and cookies from the cupbord, but also, for many, cleaning everything (most especially the kitchen) thoroughly, covering up countertops on which chametz has been prepared, taking out dishes …

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Issues Contacting Me?

It’s come to my attention that some people have had problems emailing me through this site (aka emails aren’t going through!) We’re working on fixing that–but in the meantime, if you need to find me, please email rabbi DOT ruttenberg @ u.northwestern.edu. Thanks!

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On Doing Joy

“When the month of Adar enters, we increase our joy!” So declares the Talmud (Taanit 29a). The Hebrew month of Adar—which began Saturday night—is famously a month of joy, of celebration. There are a few obvious reasons for this—the winter is finally ending (well, in a lot of places—maybe not the Midwest). And particularly in …

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Yom Kippur and Joy

Danya Ruttenberg On Joy and Yom Kippur (This sermon is protected by a Creative Commons license. Please link and attribute.) For most of my life, I thought of Yom Kippur as a time that was serious, bordering on the dour. It’s a time for fear and trembling, a time for deep, powerful, intense work, and …

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New Website!

Welcome to my shiny new website! Soon, I’ll post about new writing, putting speaking dates in the calendar function, and other things here. Thanks to Angel Adeyoha for the great redesign.

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Bloggidy. Or Don’t Much, Really.

As many of you may have noticed, this blog hasn’t really been active for a while. A kid, a new job that I’m just starting, and the various other things that fill up a life have turned blogging into that thing I don’t do anymore. Grad school was great for a lot of reasons, and …

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PW Review and Profile!

The Passionate Torah is starting to get ready for its big debut in June! Yay. A wonderful review and profile in Publishers Weekly this week–I’m totally tickled: The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism Edited by Danya Ruttenberg. New York Univ., $19.95 paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-8147-7605-6 It is not often that an academic title about religion …

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Judaism and Sex @ Elat Chayyim This Summer!

I’m teaching a class at the lovely retreat center Elat Chayyim this summer, from July 27-August 2. It’s on Jewish sex! What could be more fun than that? Here’s the official copy: Judaism’s sacred texts and great thinkers offer many inspirations, challenges and provocative questions about how we conduct our most intimate relationships. How should …

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