The Power of Knowing Your Why

The book of Numbers has another name in the Talmud…the book of complainers.  It’s a pretty apt description since it isn’t long into this book before the Jewish people begin complaining.  They’ve been in the desert a long time, wandering.  The exciting miracles and sparks of inspiration have dimmed and are more in the past.  They begin to think of Egypt and their memories aren’t … Continue reading The Power of Knowing Your Why

The Ten Unfaithful Spies and an Eye Infection

Somewhere in the past blur of weeks, I contracted an eye infection.  The cure for this infection is, ironically, stinging, burning drops I must put in every two hours.  That’s not fun.  Even worse, during this time, I have to wear my glasses, which give me headaches and make me feel dizzy and sick to my stomach. In this case, the cure is almost worse … Continue reading The Ten Unfaithful Spies and an Eye Infection

Animals, Sacrifices, and a Farmer’s Daughter

Bunny FuFu was the meanest creature I’d ever yet encountered in my very young world.  Those memories are fuzzy now because I was so very young, but I still remember how huge that white rabbit seemed, with red eyes and sharp teeth.  I’d feed him carrots through the mesh of his rabbit hutch, trying not to let him bite my fingers, but Bunny FuFu’s favorite … Continue reading Animals, Sacrifices, and a Farmer’s Daughter

Parshat Tzav for Conversion Candidates

I feel a little guilty that I don’t often address the weekly parsha (Torah reading) in my blog.  Most often, it’s because there are so many wonderful parsha commentaries out there that I don’t feel I have anything unique to share.  Other times it’s because the really deep insights I’d like to share only come on Shabbos and after Shabbos I feel like it’s a … Continue reading Parshat Tzav for Conversion Candidates