Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Why Orthodoxy?

After deciding to actively get involved with Judaism, the most logical starting place seemed to be at a synagogue.  My scant knowledge of these houses of worship was derived mainly from my childhood piano recitals, held in the synagogue my teacher attended. I faced an unexpected array of choices, having only recently learned that there are three main… Continue reading Why Orthodoxy?

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Get good directions

Last night I got all turned around as I was attempting to locate a new babysitter’s house.  I had printed off directions from Mapquest, but, as it happens sometimes, they weren’t entirely clear.  To be fair, Mapquest has nice little clues like “such-and-such street comes before the street you want” and “if you passed this-or-that… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Get good directions

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays – What’s in a name?

The name given to a newborn child is eternal; it behooves one to evaluate the choice carefully. -from Rabbi Pesach Krohn’s book Bris Milah (from the Artscroll Mesorah Series). Since we just made a bris for our new son yesterday, I thought it would be appropriate for this week’s Torah Tuesday to write something concerning… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays – What’s in a name?