Birthday Cake and Mitzvos

I’m reading a really good book about Family Purity called “Total Immersion.”  All the books I’ve read on the topic previously have been more dry and focused on the “how” of the mitzvah, not the “why” or deeper spiritual dimension and I’m really enjoying this chance to step back and sink deeper into those aspects. One recurring theme is the relationship between us and Hashem. … Continue reading Birthday Cake and Mitzvos

The First Time I Went to a Synagogue

I checked my outfit 3 different times, changing clothes and kept pestering the kids to get them ready.  Mr. Safek nervously tied his tie.  It had been a little while since he’d gone to the Synagogue.  I didn’t understand his apprehension.  After all, I’d heard it was a holiday party.  This should be fun, right?! “What holiday is it that they’re celebrating?” I asked between … Continue reading The First Time I Went to a Synagogue

Shavuos and Surrender

Imagine you’re sinking below the surface of a deep, dark pool of cool water.  At first, you fight to stay afloat.  You don’t want to drown.  You can’t see what’s in the depths.  You struggle against the water, trying to tread and keep your head above the surface.  Finally, your strength reaches its limits.  You realize your struggle is futile and you can’t continue on. … Continue reading Shavuos and Surrender

Finding the Holiness…Right Where You Are.

I’m listening to a fantastic shiur, the kind of deep learning that makes my mind ache a little, like a muscle that’s been well-used.  I know when I’m learning something that feeds me when it changes how I look at the world around me. Have you ever gone on a long trip away from home and returned and found that home looked a little different? … Continue reading Finding the Holiness…Right Where You Are.

When the Mountains Whisper Secrets

The fog rolls heavy between the peaks, holding onto the last of their mantles of white.  The rocky outcroppings shift and move, hiding within the mist.  The mountains, ancient and wise from all they’ve watched, whisper to each other as a loon cries somewhere, hidden in curtains. Hashem created the mountains and they whisper their secrets to Him. For some reason, I have always loved … Continue reading When the Mountains Whisper Secrets

Famous Converts in the News?

There is a famous convert in the news again and controversy aplenty, including even people questioning this convert’s Jewishness. But…I’m not going to talk about her.  Why?  Because I’d be breaking a TON of Torah prohibitions to do so.  Plus, it just isn’t kind to do that.  It’s one of the things I love about Judaism that there are laws even about embarrassing people and … Continue reading Famous Converts in the News?

Baruch Hashem!

It is telling that while other religions bless things or people, Jews continuously bless G-d.  Every blessing is a thank you to the almighty and a reminder that all things come from Him.  Rather than trying to imbue the people or things around us with holiness, as other faiths do, we instead recognize that these things are already imbued with a spark from their creator … Continue reading Baruch Hashem!