Crowning the King and Knowing Your “Why”

I have been sick and away from my blog while I recovered, but I feel like it is such a huge blessing that I was made to slow down and rest before the High Holidays are here.  I'm coming out of the fog at just the right time now to finish preparing and I was … Continue reading Crowning the King and Knowing Your “Why”

Minimalism, Hygge, and Chassidic Judaism?

If you've been under a rock for a few years, then you might just be unaware that people are increasingly getting rid of their stuff, opting to live in tiny houses, or even RV's or completely nomadic.  It's kind of a recent trend in the never-ending quest to simplify our lives.  There is even a … Continue reading Minimalism, Hygge, and Chassidic Judaism?

Not Punishment, but Medicine?

Right now, the US is kind of a mess.  Texas is still drying out and cleaning up from massive flooding.  A huge wildfire is burning large swaths of forest and homes in Oregon.  Over a hundred small earthquakes have hit Idaho, in an area not used to earthquakes.  An enormous, category 5 hurricane is headed … Continue reading Not Punishment, but Medicine?

In Search of Jewish Minimalism

I have probably been a minimalist my entire life, before I knew what to call it.  I've never been much attached to heirlooms or possessions and I've always found a great pleasure in getting rid of things.  Even as a child, when my mother would decide it was time to cull the herd of stuff … Continue reading In Search of Jewish Minimalism

Everyday Holiness

One of the things I love most about Judaism is the awareness and intention it can bring to even the most mundane and everyday of tasks.  Growing up, "religion" was something that was always separate from everyday life.  We went to church on certain days and not others.  We prayed only on certain days or … Continue reading Everyday Holiness

The Fireweed Blooms as the Three Weeks Continue

The Three Weeks is a period of mourning.  You name it and if it was really awful and needed to happen to the Jews, it most likely happened during this period of time, culminating in the destruction of the temple on the 9th of Av.  So, along with observant Jews throughout the world, we mourn. … Continue reading The Fireweed Blooms as the Three Weeks Continue

The Rebbe and Me

I never met the Rebbe.  Characteristically, I came late to the party.  My first introductions to Judaism were through Chabad, both a local Chabad house and through family, so I knew of the Rebbe very early on, but I wasn't sure what it had to do with me, personally.  The Rebbe always seemed to belong … Continue reading The Rebbe and Me

Parsha Shlach and Our Own Years in the Desert

In this week's parsha, the Jewish people are punished for the false reports 10 of the 12 spies come back with.  Their punishment is to wait 40 more years in the desert and to only have their children be able to go into the land they have been promised. I recently read a commentary by … Continue reading Parsha Shlach and Our Own Years in the Desert

The Painting Cabinets and Hisbodedut

Painting cabinets takes patience.  I know this because this is my first week trying it.  First, there's the preparation, which I probably should have paid more attention to.  I didn't sand, but instead went all in with gripper primer.  Quickly, the cabinets that I'd chosen to start with in the Shabbat RV 2.0 began to … Continue reading The Painting Cabinets and Hisbodedut

Character at Birth or at Rebirth?

It's almost Shabbat.  I can feel it.  Just a few more hours of work and then I go home to cook and prepare.  We're squeezing in one last Shabbat with regular challah before turning the kitchen over Saturday night and Sunday and my planned meal is basically a comforting carb feast.  I can almost taste … Continue reading Character at Birth or at Rebirth?