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What Rachel Dolezal Taught Me About Judaism

Throughout my conversion, if you were around, you might’ve heard me complain a number of times. Okay, that might be a little generous. I complained a large number of times. I didn’t complain so much about the hoops that needed jumping through (although I did a little of that as well), but more about things … Continue reading

What Rachel Dolezal Taught Me About Judaism

Throughout my conversion, if you were around, you might’ve heard me complain a number of times. Okay, that might be a little generous. I complained a large number of times. I didn’t complain so much about the hoops that needed jumping through (although I did a little of that as well), but more about things which, … Continue reading

The Sanctity of Mistakes

It was one of those days: It started with some small yet challenging events, but the challenges kept coming, more quickly, and the more they came, the more mistakes I made in dealing with them. By evening, it was like a roaring crescendo of mistakes culminating in one really lousy day. Making so many mistakes … Continue reading

Why I Became An Orthodox Jew

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

I’m Coming Out… Again

I’ll just get right to it, y’all. I want God. It isn’t enough to say that I believe in God. If I’m being honest, I never really cared to believe. I mean, why? For a long time, science provided all the answers I thought I needed. And belief is so much work. All that I’m … Continue reading

The Truth of My Own Sadness

I think I may have stumbled upon the truth of my own sadness. This whole spiritual seeking journey has led me many places, some which have brought me closer to G-d, some which have taken me farther away. I am now at a place along my path where I’m recognizing that what I’ve been searching … Continue reading

On Rules, Commandments, and Chosenness

I remember as a young kid frequently complaining to my parents, “I don’t like the Bible; there are too many rules.” Of course, the rules I was referring to were the commandments, of which, according to Judaism, there are 613. I couldn’t understand why on earth they mattered. Why would a god who was omniscient, … Continue reading