Leveling Up
Our Journey

Leveling Up

In the past week’s parsha, we read about Moses preparing the Jewish people for their next big challenge…entering the land of Israel and keeping the laws of Torah there.  Over and over, he stresses how much better their lives will be if they follow the commandments and it’s clear from the commentaries that he knew … Continue reading

What Is Mourning?
Jewish Holidays

What Is Mourning?

We’re deep into the 9 Days now, a period of mourning for the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem as well as all the other losses the Jewish people have endured.  There are laws about what we should refrain from doing during this period, from not listening to music, to not washing clothes, eating meat, … Continue reading

Haircovering
Our Journey

Haircovering

6 years ago tomorrow, I made the decision to begin covering my hair.  It was such a momentous decision to me that I noted it on my calendar the same way I noted the day I decided to convert, birthdays, and anniversaries.  It is a mitzvah for married Jewish women to cover their hair and … Continue reading

First Bris
Our Journey

First Bris

This has already been a year of firsts for our family.  We were invited to our first Passover Seder and, last evening, we attended our first Bris. For many years, lifecycle events were something that happened around us, but we weren’t invited.  The primary reason was that there are some communities in which the custom … Continue reading

The Rebbe and Me
Chassidus

The Rebbe and Me

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 … Continue reading