The Ups and Downs of “Practicing” Pesach

To boil or not to boil?  Which customs shall we use?  How stringent do we want to be this year?  These are all relevant questions we face as we clean out cabinets and work to gobble up all the chametz (leavened foods) in our house prior to Passover.  We're often on our own to try … Continue reading The Ups and Downs of “Practicing” Pesach

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 … 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 … Continue reading Parshat Tzav for Conversion Candidates

Cold, Wet, and Dark – Our First Shabbat in the RV

Drip, drip, drip.  I cocoon in my blanket, trying to ignore the leak, my sweet and very cuddly daughter cocooned next to me.  We curl towards each other for warmth.  So the night passes. We knew there would be kinks to work out in our Shabbat RV, but I don't think any of us expected … Continue reading Cold, Wet, and Dark – Our First Shabbat in the RV