The hours stretch and it seems we’ve always been there. A two day Yom Tov, but it seems like that’s just what has always been, that there is no other life or world beyond. We go to shul, we eat, we go to the park, and I read to the kids because they asked. That the sun stays the same the entire time and that … Continue reading Shabbat RV Time
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
There are bits and pieces of stories of converts mixed into the Torah. We read the book of Ruth on Shavuos, which is such a moving story. We look to Avraham as the first of the converts in many ways. However, the story that has always fascinated me is the story of the “mixed multitude” that left with the Hebrews from Egypt. We know little … Continue reading The Missing Mixed Multitude?
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
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
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.
It’s the time of year where it seems like one long afternoon. The air is heavily scented with the most beautiful scent. It’s not quite the scent of flowers blooming, but more like herbs. The closest thing I can compare it to is that when you walk outside, it smells just like something you’d want to gather up and put inside a chicken before you … Continue reading Lag B’Omer in Alaska