Hidden Blessings in Difficult Times

We just completed a period of mourning in the Jewish calendar last week, the three weeks leading up to Tisha B'Av.  Usually, we'd wrap up that period with an intense day of mourning, most of it spent at the Synagogue mourning the destruction of the Temples along with many other calamities that have befallen the … Continue reading Hidden Blessings in Difficult Times

What I Wish More People Knew About Conversion Candidates

It occurred to me that this might be a good post to write.  Despite the fact that converts have always been a part of Judaism and that most communities have many, in most communities I've lived in, conversion remains for most people a kind of secretive process and there's a lot of misconceptions about it. … Continue reading What I Wish More People Knew About Conversion Candidates

Menuchah and Watts

Every moment is precious and is the only thing we really have in this life. I've been enjoying my Menuchas Hanefesh studies immensely.  The mindfulness that observance brings to everyday life was a big part of what initially drew me to Judaism and this study only digs deeper into that idea. Interestingly enough, it also … Continue reading Menuchah and Watts

The Power of Wonder

Shifting colors, mostly green.  First, they look like clouds, then, they take form, shifting in the night sky.  It's so cold, just shy of the arctic circle.  Still, I'll never forget the first time I saw the northern lights.  We were north of Fairbanks, out in the woods, and it was the kind of cold … Continue reading The Power of Wonder

Safek – When a Man Becomes a Question

Note - This post was also published on neshamas.com, a really wonderful website for Jewish creative writing. I never knew a person could be a question until I heard the words that made him one. In one sentence, decades of his life went from solid memory to fragile uncertainty. I watched, helpless, as the ground … Continue reading Safek – When a Man Becomes a Question

Avraham Avinu, Father of Converts

They say Avraham is the adoptive spiritual father of all who convert.  After our new Hebrew names, we add "ben/bat Avraham Avinu."  I ponder this great and mighty man, the first who looked up at the sky and came to the conclusion that there was one G-d and that he would follow Him. I, too, … Continue reading Avraham Avinu, Father of Converts