Did you know that reincarnation is a Jewish belief? Sure is. It’s mentioned in numerous places in our mystical texts, beginning with the Zohar. I heard somewhere (how’s that for a source . . . if you want actual sources, here are some articles from Aish.com, Torah.org and Chabad.org on the topic) that at this… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Who were you in your past life?
When I was first learning all about how to fast on these minor fast days, it seemed like I would remember all the halachos and details forever. I mean, it’s halacha, right? So since it’s important I should remember everything always, or so I thought at the time. Well, as the years go by, I… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Shiva Asar b’Tammuz Review
Ooo – my first Torah Tuesdays post since the move! I’m excited about this. Way back when, in the single-me days (okay, it really wasn’t that long ago), I was pretty great at davening twice a day. So great, in fact, that when I heard mommies of little kids comment on how they hadn’t davened… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Dusting off my Siddur
Whew! I hope everyone had a good Shavuos, and ate at least a little cheesecake (I actually didn’t get any, but I’ve made my peace with that). Between Shabbos and Yom Tov and Shabbos again, I feel like I haven’t blogged in absolutely ages. But here we are again, it’s Tuesday, and I have a… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Don’t Ever Give Up
Okay, no pun intended, though I am decidedly on the “right” wing of Judaism. Hahaha. Really, this post is about assessing what direction you (or me) are moving in. In seminary I learned that if you’re not moving up spiritually, you’re moving down. There is no such thing as a plateau. But, hey, no pressure,… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Going in the Right Direction
It’s beautiful out today. This is even nicer considering the amount of rain we’ve had here for the past few weeks (a lot). So, we went for a walk, ran an errand and played at a playground. It was really enjoyable and relaxing. I appreciated being able to walk with my boys without the pressure… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Do it now
I’d like to thank my toddler for napping and my baby for entertaining himself, which is how I had time to write today’s Torah Tuesdays post. Boys, you’re the best! I was looking at some notes I took from a class on Koheles (Ecclesiastes) that I took with Rebetzin Heller, back in the day when… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Choose who you become
We’ve been having some off days over here. The sink’s been broken since Motzei Shabbos, and it has remained broken despite my, and my landlord’s, best efforts at fixing it. A professional is coming tomorrow morning. The kitchen is a disaster. I still haven’t caught up on laundry since returning from our trip to Memphis,… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Even when you don’t feel like it
It is, of course, old news now that Osama bin Laden was killed. After seeing the rumors fly around on Facebook statuses (stati?), I confirmed the news on Cnn.com. My initial response was to be relieved that he will no longer be able to do evil, but to not be overly public about my feelings. … Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: the downfall of our enemies
I suspect that most everyone is busy busy busy with Passover preparations, since the first seder is in t-minus six days (insert heart palpitations here). That’s why I’m keeping this week’s post short. Passover is referred to as the “Time of our Freedom,” which, in the most obvious sense, could mean freedom from bondage in… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Freedom!