Trust, Sukkos, and Snow

It's there, lurking in the forecast for this week and the weekend with cute little gradeschool snowflakes to denote the days it might happen.  Those innocent looking little snowflakes belie the fact that we don't yet have studded tires on the truck and that we'll be spending 3 days this week in the Shabbat RV … Continue reading Trust, Sukkos, and Snow

An Alaskan Kind of Sukkos

We opted to stay home for the 3 day Yom Tov and celebrate the beginning of Sukkos in our own Sukkah.  Sukkos is a quirky holiday and one of my favorites.  We built huts in our yards to remind us of our past as wanderers, wandering the desert with Hashem's protection.  Men are obligated to … Continue reading An Alaskan Kind of Sukkos

Yom Kippur

Like Tisha B'Av, Yom Kippur is sometimes a difficult holiday to explain to my non-Jewish friends, family, and coworkers.  For most other people, holidays in general are associated with only happy events, but Jewish holidays really are holy days...and not all holy days are fun or easy.  There is also the problem that the idea … Continue reading Yom Kippur

Jonah – Running from G-d

Every Yom Kippur, we read the story of the prophet Jonah, who was ordered to go to a non-Jewish city called Nineveh to tell them to repent.  The Jews at the time were a mess and Jonah knew that the non-Jews he was going to would indeed repent.  He didn't want to go, which is … Continue reading Jonah – Running from G-d

5778

Here in Alaska, the leaves are leaving the trees quickly, fluttering to the ground and piling up.  Our brief fall is fleeing and the chill is setting in.  In this week, we've been preparing for Yom Kippur.  It even feels like a whole new year with the house painted a new color, one of the … Continue reading 5778

A Rosh Hashanah Miracle

I've often heard stories of miraculous happenings that occur when people are rushing to make it home in time for Shabbos or similar holiday stories.  I did expect that this Rosh Hashanah, we'd have one of our own to share. Our home was being painted the two days before Rosh Hashanah and Mr. Safek was … Continue reading A Rosh Hashanah Miracle

3 Day Yom Tovs!

I'm not sure, but I think my first year observing Jewish holidays was one that had several 3 day Yom Tovs in it.  If not, then it was at least when I was still very shaky in observing them.  This oddity happens when a 2 day Yom Tov (holiday) falls either right before or right … Continue reading 3 Day Yom Tovs!

An Unexpected Sacrifice

I have covered my hair for many years now, but underneath, was always a long, full head of hair.  My husband asked me to keep it, even if only he saw it.  He enjoyed running his fingers through it after I took off my wig or scarf and let it down at night.  It was … Continue reading An Unexpected Sacrifice

The King Is In the Field

It's been a strange week here in Alaska.  The sun has been retreating more and more.  A friend's son committed suicide.  The Shabbat RV continues to have electrical issues that kept us stranded at home for Shabbos.  The weather has not cooperated for a planned hiking trip to climb Flattop Mountain.  All this on top … Continue reading The King Is In the Field

When My Yetzer Hara Tried To Be My Editor

Yesterday, I began one of the harder parts of my process of teshuva (repentance).  In Judaism, Hashem can only forgive those offenses that are against Him, not the mistakes we make that are against our fellow human beings and many people spend some time before the High Holidays seeking out those they may have wronged … Continue reading When My Yetzer Hara Tried To Be My Editor

Minimalism and Elul

Contemplating selling a house and moving thousands of miles has a way of helping you rethink your possessions.  I've always kind of flirted with minimalism, but lately, I'm all about it.  I know that the home we will move to will be much smaller than the home we're in now and I also know that … Continue reading Minimalism and Elul

Patience, Patience, and a little More Patience

I am not a patient person by nature.  Even at a young age, I was gifted with a strong will to push forward.  The characters in books and movies I admired were adventurers who pressed forward, not people who patiently waited for their fates to find them.  As a daughter of midwestern farmers, sprouted from … Continue reading Patience, Patience, and a little More Patience