Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

My Complicated Relationship With Prayer

Hello! Hope you all enjoyed your Pesach! It was a wonderful holiday for us, very busy but very satisfying and now I’m trying to put my house back together and still function somehow when I can barely find anything in my kitchen. But life moves forward, as do deadlines, and today I have another piece… Continue reading My Complicated Relationship With Prayer

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Stop Confusing Poor Choices With Righteous Behavior

If you do a topic search on my blog (try: Torah) you’ll see a lot of the same themes over and over again. Some of my favorite mitzvos are the ones that govern our interactions with others, both in action and in thought. The following are a sampling of times I’ve explicitly written about these… Continue reading Stop Confusing Poor Choices With Righteous Behavior

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

A Little Chanukah Miracle

A Freilichen Chanukah to everyone who’s celebrating! It’s been a delightful whirlwind over here. Today is the last day of Chanukah vacation, so we’re soaking it up. I’m still in my pajamas as I type this. It’s glorious! Today over on Hevria, I wrote about my constantly evolving Chanukah experience, and how my expectations for… Continue reading A Little Chanukah Miracle

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

What Does It Mean To Be Jewish Anyways?

Last week I intended to write something exclusively for my poor, neglected little blog here, and I put out a call for topic ideas. On Twitter, Tzvi Kilov responded with the following prompt: So I never got around to posting the piece here (obviously), but this prompt did get my thinking gears cranking away. While… Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be Jewish Anyways?

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

One Way Purim Improved My Life

It’s t-minus four days (three days?) until Purim! I made a shopping run this morning for some last-minute things. I may or may not need to do another last-last-minute run, but we’ll see. As it stands right now, I’m gearing up to make my shalach manos, to put the finishing touches on some costumes and… Continue reading One Way Purim Improved My Life

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Filling Up Our Cardboard Boxes

A couple Shabboses ago my husband and I had a discussion about what it means to fulfill your potential. I always think big REALLY BIG (though, honestly, not so super big) and so if I’m not doing something that’s reaching a lot of people I feel like I’m not doing all I can. But then we… Continue reading Filling Up Our Cardboard Boxes

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Shabbos and Creativity

A lot of my writing lately has been focused on things that I find difficult, or that I have struggled with. I think it’s important to explore these topics, but when it’s gotten to the point where writing about how much I appreciate Shabbos feels subversive, I realize that I need to think about balance!… Continue reading Shabbos and Creativity

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It’s Winter, It’s Dark, Don’t Despair

I feel I can tell you guys this – I haven’t been in the mood to write. Not at all. But deadlines come regardless of my desire to create, and so Tuesday night found me sitting at my computer, trying to come up with something hopefully remotely meaningful and not too disjointed. It turned out… Continue reading It’s Winter, It’s Dark, Don’t Despair

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Do You Ever Regret Being Religious?

One of the things that I most love about writing for Hevria is the way I am encouraged to constantly push my boundaries, to be more vulnerable, to reach deep within myself and be honest about the complicated emotions that are going on in there. My baseline writing has evolved to become deeper because of… Continue reading Do You Ever Regret Being Religious?