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
I like the idea of segulas, not the kind where you do some arcane thing and, like a prize, you’re given what you’ve prayed for. I don’t view my relationship with the divine like a transaction. I love the idea of preparing for a blessing before it has come as an act of faith that my prayers will be answered. I would read about women … Continue reading Boxes of Segulas
The strings are tangled coiling up and evading prying fingertips his brow furrows his young fingers fumble I feel frustrated I can’t tie these knots for him or untangle the strings Some things, a boy must do alone to become a man My fingers twitch, wanting to tie the knots for him remembering friendship bracelets long ago my fingers deftly weaving them at camp the … Continue reading Fragile Strands of Hope
I’m reading a really good book about Family Purity called “Total Immersion.” All the books I’ve read on the topic previously have been more dry and focused on the “how” of the mitzvah, not the “why” or deeper spiritual dimension and I’m really enjoying this chance to step back and sink deeper into those aspects. One recurring theme is the relationship between us and Hashem. … Continue reading Birthday Cake and Mitzvos
This week’s parshas (it’s another 2fer) are all about holiness. In the wake of Aaron’s son’s unfortunate deaths due to their unrequested offerings, these two parshas talk a lot about Hashem’s expectations of the Jews. There are specific laws for when and how the Kohen Gadol can enter the holy of holies, laws about how the Jews should atone for sins, and a lot of … Continue reading Holiness In a Casual World
In the brief break between the Shabbos and last two Yom Tovs of Pesach…I was cooking up a storm. My husband’s mind, however, was elsewhere. He’d found IT. The Shabbat RV 2.0 that he’d been looking for. And, he needed to wrap things up as much as possible before the Yom Tov began…on what was a major holiday for everyone else around us, Easter Sunday. … Continue reading Why Begin Again…Up Here?