My heart is full today. Yes, it is snowing again and the roads are a mess and the Spring that seemed so close by last weekend now feels like it has fled south to the lower 48, but…this weekend is our first weekend in our Shabbat RV and we have invitations to both Seders from a wonderful family for Pesach! If you can’t tell from … Continue reading The Kindness of Strangers and Our First Shabbat in the RV
When you’re a safek or part of a family with one, life is full of unanswered questions. I often talk with Jews who casually mention calling their Rav’s for a question or that their Rabbi came by to show them how to do something and I have to remind myself that, one day, that may be our reality. For now, though, we have Rabbi’s we … Continue reading Unanswered Questions
We pack, box after box of costumes and props, a veritable panorama of Egypt into our RV and I marvel at the irony of us carrying with us the imagery of Mitzrayim in our own veritable mobile Sukkah. The Rabbi and his family were tired, up late the night before to prepare this experience for the children and families of the community, a kind of … Continue reading Joy of Small Communities
Shifting colors, mostly green. First, they look like clouds, then, they take form, shifting in the night sky. It’s so cold, just shy of the arctic circle. Still, I’ll never forget the first time I saw the northern lights. We were north of Fairbanks, out in the woods, and it was the kind of cold winter night where the sky is so clear and it … Continue reading The Power of Wonder
The sun is now up past bedtime. It peeks through the little edges of the blackout shades, sneaking into the room, tiptoeing to my eyelids. Granted, bedtime at the Safek household is around 9-9:30pm. We hit the hay early and get up early. But still, the sun is coming back, regaining his dominion over life here in the subarctic. We are also fast entering that … Continue reading Passover Prep – Alaska Style!
We walked, silently, around and around the fortress-like building in which we both worked. He wasn’t yet anything more to me than a stranger, a slightly unusual guy who sat a cube row over. We were only walking because he’d overheard my conversation on the phone and my sobs after. Unlike all the other men I worked with or around, he didn’t pretend he couldn’t … Continue reading What’s In a Name?
We don’t live within walking distance of our shul. We want to be within walking distance of our shul on Shabbat. We weren’t willing to pack up and move across town because it seemed wiser to wait and save up for a bigger move out to a bigger Jewish community. Enter… The Shabbosmobile. It actually was the inspired idea of our Rabbi, who has had … Continue reading Where G-d Has the Will, We Find a Way