A Sweet Gift

Milk is the first food we eat, gliding silkily over our infant tongues, filling our tummies with warm comfort.  We never know hunger until we come into the world and milk is our first taste of love, of nourishment, and comfort. This week I’ve kind of been acutely experiencing a feeling of being lost in a wilderness.  Maybe it’s preparation for receiving the Torah or … Continue reading A Sweet Gift

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.