A Mitzvah and a Thought of Anne

At Religious School a few weeks ago, the class that I work in (mostly ages 3-6) was learning about what a “mitzvah” is. Religiously speaking, a mitzvah is a commandment, and the Torah does not have only 10 like many people believe. There are actually 613 mitzvot (plural of mitzvah) in the Torah! While aContinue reading “A Mitzvah and a Thought of Anne”

R’fuah Sh’leimah

“There are no throw away people” As the Rabbi so honestly and passionately spoke these words during one of his many brilliant sermons, I felt pieces of my life connecting. The sentence itself might not seem earth shattering, but when truly unpacked, it means everything.  As some of you know, I work in a leadershipContinue reading “R’fuah Sh’leimah”

Big and Tall(it)

As I have mentioned before, I will be celebrating my Bar Mitzvah as an adult in just a few short weeks (ah!). While the ceremony itself involves quite a bit of preparation, some of the minutiae of planning sort of hit me a bit later. One of the most intriguing experiences that I have hadContinue reading “Big and Tall(it)”

From Zero to Simchat

I started reading Hebrew about 7 or 8 months ago, and I have truly enjoyed every moment of learning how to navigate the language and all of its beautiful nuance. I could literally not read a word of Hebrew in January or February of this year, but with practice every day, I am now essentiallyContinue reading “From Zero to Simchat”

Heschel and Glory

Current Read: God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism by Abraham Joshua Heschel So, I try to read as many Jewish-themed texts as possible. I read the Torah portion every week (almost) and supplement with numerous other texts from Elie Wiesel’s classic Night to the Sefer HaAggadah. Now that I have undertaken theContinue reading “Heschel and Glory”

A “Schul’s” Errand?

So, I am going to start with a quasi thoughtful post, but don’t always expect this. Sometimes I just might want to talk about how my five-year-old son sings Hineih Mah Tov while he uses the bathroom. Many Jews have heard cultural Zionist Ahad Ha’am’s famous quote: “More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat hasContinue reading “A “Schul’s” Errand?”