This weekend, in a Chabad house not that different from my own Synagogue, a man opened fire and shot and killed a woman who dove in front of her Rabbi, saving his life. several others were injured. They were there celebrating the last days of Passover, much like I was, thousands of miles away. They … Continue reading Freedom From Hate?
Last Wednesday, my husband had triple bypass open heart surgery. We were grateful to schedule his surgery after Rosh Hashanah and everything went smoothly. By Friday he was in the step down unit, out of the ICU and we prepared to spent Shabbos together in the hospital. As chance would have it, we wound up … Continue reading Shabbos on the Cardiac Floor…with Our Palestinian Nurse
We had a meeting with our son's teachers this morning, just to check in on how he's doing and he's doing really well this year. During the meeting, one of the teachers said to us, "Well, I'm sure he's told you about the incident that happened in my class..." My husband and I looked at … Continue reading When Anti-Semitism Becomes Mundane
Alaska has a lot of earthquakes. Not everyone knows this, but Anchorage, Alaska, my current hometown, was leveled in the 60's by the largest recorded earthquake ever to hit North America. It was a 9.2 in magnitude and hit on a friday evening in 1964, Good Friday for most people. It destroyed most of Anchorage … Continue reading After the Ground Shifts
His eyes lingered just a moment too long focused on the heads of my husband and son their kippahs casually sitting there a week ago, I wouldn't have noticed now, a chill ran down my spine He was normal we were in a store were his eyes hard, predatory? or did he even notice us? … Continue reading A Week Ago
I feel it's important to share this article, written by the President of a Reform Synagogue in Charlottesville, Virginia about their firsthand experiences this past weekend. It's a really well-written account that captures all the complexity of their experiences. It does talk about the fear as armed white supremacists marched past their Synagogue shouting Nazi … Continue reading What Is It Like When Nazis March Past Your Synagogue?
If there is one thing I have learned from our long, dark nights up here it is that it does no good to dwell on the darkness. The more you focus on how short the sun is up here in winter and the more you restrict yourself in what you do while it is dark, … Continue reading When Darkness Comes, Light a Candle
The Sabbath still ends pretty late up here. Havdalah was at 11:35 last night and we weren't done until later. There were a lot of visitors this weekend and things ran a little late. By chance, we opted to drive home after havdalah, to sleep in our own beds instead of the RV. I came … Continue reading The View Of Virginia From Alaska
I write today because I don't know if I will tomorrow I know my mind will slow the words will crawl from my lips slowly, with effort dragging each thought behind them on a back bent and weary On fast days, I drift from this world closer to another, my mind stilled my focus blurred … Continue reading The Fast that Begins the Three Weeks
Race is a complicated, emotional issue, particularly right now in the US. For me, though, my focus lately is much more on something much closer to me than the headlines, but I didn't realize it until I was discussing recent headlines with a friend who happens to be a person of color. She said something … Continue reading Losing My “Whiteness?”
This past Shabbos was our 5th wedding anniversary. I made my husband his favorite pie and, before Shabbos, his mother and stepfather called and sang us a "happy anniversary" song. Beyond that, that was all that marked the occasion. I found myself sadly transported back to 5 years ago in my heart and mind, again … Continue reading A Shabbos Wedding Anniversary…and Sad Memories
"G-d is in the rain." It's a line from one of my favorite movies, which came out several years ago, but I found it poignant for reasons that had little to do with its use in the film. Rain has always been a comfort to me, the child of a farmer who would worry over … Continue reading Yom HaShoah