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The Meaning Of Life

The entire purpose of our existence is to overcome our negative habits. -Vilna Gaon If you have been paying attention at all to what I’ve been writing about for the last decade or so, you’ll know that this is, hands down, my favorite part of Judaism. So many tools and resources to improve myself. It’s… Continue reading The Meaning Of Life

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All In

“Naaseh v’Nishma” -Am Yisrael There’s a famous midrash that talks about how G-d went to all the nations of the world and offered them the Torah, and they all asked, “well, what’s in it?” This seems like a reasonable reaction, right? You should read a contract before you sign it. But after they found out… Continue reading All In

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Why My Laundry Is Holy

“Shavuot … is a calling to bring transcendence and spirituality into this world. We don’t aim to escape this world, we aim to transform it.” Rabbi Shmuel Reichman One of the things that most appealed to me when I was first learning about Judaism was the way it touched every aspect of life. Something as commonplace as… Continue reading Why My Laundry Is Holy

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How Not To Be An Individual

When I was in college, I sought to be as unique as possible. If something was normal, I would do the opposite. If something was socially acceptable, I would scorn it. Of course, it completely escaped me that I wasn’t really being original, I was simply conforming to a different set of rules. I find… Continue reading How Not To Be An Individual

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Preparing For Pesach In The Time Of Corona

This is the outline of what I said in my Live Broadcast on Instagram last night, after someone asked me to do a video on Pesach prep. First, there are tons of amazing resources online that are definitely more comprehensive than me, so check those out. Between Carpools has a downloadable guide, Ruchi Koval’s How… Continue reading Preparing For Pesach In The Time Of Corona

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Oh Purim, Oh Purim, Hooray

It’s Adar, and here at the Silver household, we have already increased our joy by decorating the house with all the past Purim projects that I keep in a box (I put that process up on my stories last week. It’s my favorite part of instagram, I don’t care what the Mishpacha inbox writers say).… Continue reading Oh Purim, Oh Purim, Hooray

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Ten Years of Being a Jew

Yesterday was the English anniversary of the day I converted to Judaism. It’s been ten years. That’s the kind of milestone that leads to introspection. And I did introspect yesterday, for about twenty seconds before my attention got pulled in a million different directions, as usual. Today, since I have a lot of household tasks… Continue reading Ten Years of Being a Jew

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Why I Love Restrictions

Yesterday I saw an advertisement for a vacation to Tasmania. It extolled the beauty of the land’s rugged landscape as well as the friendliness and easygoing disposition of the local population. When I read about far-flung places, I image what it would take for us to go there. The logistics of traveling with four small… Continue reading Why I Love Restrictions