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?

Tools for Converts or BT’s – Bullet Journaling

If you're in the process of conversion or even if you're just looking to grow and add observance and study, there can be a lot to keep track of.  Classes, books to read, prayers to remember to say...it can be a lot. Over the years, I've tried several different systems to keep our family on … Continue reading Tools for Converts or BT’s – Bullet Journaling

Parshas Eikev – Turning Our Eyes to a New Land

This week's parsha continues the theme of Moses preparing the Jews to enter the land of Egypt.  He wants them to be ready for the challenges that they will face and he uses a mixture of encouragement and also some reminders of their past failings.  He's essentially been the father of this people, bringing them … Continue reading Parshas Eikev – Turning Our Eyes to a New Land

What Is Mourning?

We're deep into the 9 Days now, a period of mourning for the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem as well as all the other losses the Jewish people have endured.  There are laws about what we should refrain from doing during this period, from not listening to music, to not washing clothes, eating meat, … Continue reading What Is Mourning?

Explaining Rashi’s Daughters to My Own

My daughter is a fierce little fireball of energy.  At 11 years old, she's smart and capable and living in Alaska has shown her that she can do just about anything she sets her mind to.  She's cross-country skied in a skirt, ridden horseback, done a zipline, and fished for salmon.  Alaska is definitely a … Continue reading Explaining Rashi’s Daughters to My Own

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

Home Improvement, Yoga, and Taharas Hamispacha (Family Purity)

(The picture isn't of me...I only do yoga at home in private.  Although, I might do it in the wilderness if it was private.  🙂 ) Preparing to move has meant that this summer has involved several small home improvement projects.  On Sunday, I decided it was time to tackle the one that I'd been … Continue reading Home Improvement, Yoga, and Taharas Hamispacha (Family Purity)

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

Haircovering

6 years ago tomorrow, I made the decision to begin covering my hair.  It was such a momentous decision to me that I noted it on my calendar the same way I noted the day I decided to convert, birthdays, and anniversaries.  It is a mitzvah for married Jewish women to cover their hair and … Continue reading Haircovering

17 Tammuz and Ahavas Yisroel

Today is the fast day of the 17th of Tammuz, the beginning of a Jewish holiday called "The Three Weeks."  To make a long story short, in most cases if something bad was meant to happen to the Jewish people, it would happen during these three weeks, culminating in Tisha B'Av, a major fast day … Continue reading 17 Tammuz and Ahavas Yisroel

First Bris

This has already been a year of firsts for our family.  We were invited to our first Passover Seder and, last evening, we attended our first Bris. For many years, lifecycle events were something that happened around us, but we weren't invited.  The primary reason was that there are some communities in which the custom … Continue reading First Bris

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