It sees rituals as more than symbolic.
Law and ritual must rein in passion.
It takes hard work to get to the divine.
Are the seven hoshanot—ritual circuits of the synagogue—practiced today, on Hoshana Rabbah, an echo of the biblical conquest of Jericho?
The discovery of a 19th-century mikveh (ritual bath) in rural Connecticut suggests that earlier generations of American Jews were much more religious than historians—or their. . .