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Welcome to the blog of the Center for Religious & Spiritual Life (CRSL) at Smith College. Here you’ll find newsletter articles, updates from student orgs, op-eds about topics related to religion and spirituality, and more. You can view recent newsletters using the menu bar above, use the right sidebar to browse articles by categories or tags, or scroll down to see some recent posts. To learn more about the CRSL, visit our website.

Recent Posts

Mrs. New’s Tattoo

I remember the first time I really saw the numbers tattooed on Mrs. New’s arm. I had seen them before, but by 11 years old, ...
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Reflection on Cromwell Day

I’m reading a book that I find interesting on the subject of race. It’s called Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life, written by ...
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A Reflection

The Place Where We Are Right by Yehuda Amichai From the place where we are right Flowers will never grow In the spring. The place ...
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Memory and History

Memory and Historiography--the writing of history--are two forces that stand in opposition for the heart and soul of a people.  Of the two, memory has ...
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Thankfulness as a Remedy for Change

There is a popular saying in Islam that Muslims use in their everyday interactions to give thanks, praise and glory to God. Alhamdulillah is an ...
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Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a Tzadik

After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, 11-year-old Micah Blay made a pilgrimage to the U.S. Supreme Court and blew the shofar for the hundreds of ...
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CONVOCATION (Invocation) 2020, August 31, 2020

Smith College acknowledges and appreciates the fact that our College is built within the ancestral homelands of the Nonotuck peoples. We also recognize our present-day ...
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Understanding the Effects of Racial Trauma

Racial Trauma for Blacks is a prevalent phenomenon that cannot be disputed yet it is so commonplace that it has been normalized. Every day the ...
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