I never met the Rebbe. Characteristically, I came late to the party. My first introductions to Judaism were through Chabad, both a local Chabad house and through family, so I knew of the Rebbe very early on, but I wasn’t sure what it had to do with me, personally. The Rebbe always seemed to belong to those who already were Lubavitch and was a distant … Continue reading The Rebbe and Me
She was in tears and camp pickup was the usual chaos of any school or camp pickup. Her big blue eyes were clouded and her face was red. Mr. Safek, ever the protective papa bear, was already trying to find out who had made her cry. Having been a girl that age myself a few years ago, I instinctively knew it wasn’t going to be that … Continue reading Tznius, Unicorns, and Being Different
It occurred to me that this might be a good post to write. Despite the fact that converts have always been a part of Judaism and that most communities have many, in most communities I’ve lived in, conversion remains for most people a kind of secretive process and there’s a lot of misconceptions about it. To that end, here is what I wish more people … Continue reading What I Wish More People Knew About Conversion Candidates
Two weeks ago, I got a package in the mail that I had been anxiously awaiting. I took a deep breath before unwrapping it, nervous, hopeful. It was like I was carefully measuring hope, not wanting to get TOO hopeful and be disappointed, but still really hoping. That package was a wig and I have had a complicated relationship with wigs. When I first took … Continue reading Healing My Relationship With Wigs
It’s sunny and warming up here in the frozen north. Everywhere I look, the snow is melting and we’re seeing patches of green grass underneath, a glimpse of the world that will be ours in just a week or two if things continue. The world is waking up here after the long winter and birds like the Siberian Swans are returning from their warmer winter … Continue reading Spring and the Sabbath Always Come
Sometimes, the strangest questions come to me at the oddest times. It’s a gift really. In this case, the thought popped into my head as I was preparing to do a sinus rinse. If you’ve never done one, they’re not the most fun thing to do. You essentially put saltwater up your nose and it comes back out. Since I was diagnosed with my dust … Continue reading Religiously Religious?
To boil or not to boil? Which customs shall we use? How stringent do we want to be this year? These are all relevant questions we face as we clean out cabinets and work to gobble up all the chametz (leavened foods) in our house prior to Passover. We’re often on our own to try to find answers since Passover is quite likely the busiest … Continue reading The Ups and Downs of “Practicing” Pesach