"Don't tell God how big your storm is; tell your storm how big your God is."

I believe in God.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My New Kippah

My high school graduation gift finally arrived! I chose it myself. It is a beautiful kippah, a big one that matches my tallit. Here is a link to a picture of it:


It is even prettier in person than it is in the picture! I love it!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Being Jewish in a Work Environment

Things I learned from my first day as an intern for my local Congressman:

1. If one is going to wear a kippah in the work environment, a navy blue one is a good thing to have.

2. Being the only Hebrew speaker wherever you go gets lonely.

3. It is impressive how well people remember to call you by your Hebrew name even if you only tell them once.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Amazing Jewish Artist!

Check out emanuel-judaica.com ! Yair Emanuel designs all kinds of Jewish ritual objects as well as purses, boxes, etc. For my high school graduation present, I chose to purchase his large "birds in color" kippah.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Shavuot has come and gone. The Omer is completely counted. The Jews have once again received the Torah.

There are two days of Shavuot, each with its own assigned readings. On the first day we read Megillat Ruth (The Scroll of Ruth) and the Torah portion that tells of the Mount Sinai revelation and the giving of the Ten Commandments. On the second day, we read the section of the Torah in which we are commanded to count the Omer and observe this holiday of Shavuot.

I wasn't sure what I would post tonight until I sat down tonight, but now I have a question: What is Sinai? Is it a place, a time, a state of mind, something else? Judaism teaches that Sinai is experienced in every generation. Where is it, and how do I get there?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Look at Modern AntiSemitism...


As I ponder this, I remember the fact that wherever I go I represent my people. A Jew cannot avoid that. As members of a minority in America and the world, we must be more than ourselves. We must represent our people, and represent them well.

This is my call to action.

Respectful comments welcome.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Being a Jew and Rosh Hodesh Sivan

Yesterday at physical therapy, the guy on the exercise bike next to me started up a conversation about Judaism (always fun), and then tried to convert me to Christianity (not so fun). Although the situation was uncomfortable, I walked away as a proud Jew, which brings me to my next point.

Judaism is not merely part of my identity; Judaism and God are my heart and soul. I do not merely have a Jewish identity; I am my Jewish identity. When describing who I am, Jewish is the first adjective that comes to mind, while Judaism is the first noun.

In other news, today is Rosh Hodesh Sivan! Six more days until Shavuot! I have posted about Shavuot both last year and the year before, but I hope to find something new about the holiday so I can post this year as well.

And yes, for my Jewish readers and/or anyone else who noticed, I never posted about Lag B'Omer. My apologies: it's only a minor holiday and I left on my senior class trip that day. Nonetheless, I could have done a belated post, but I did not. I'm sorry.


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I am a bipolar, Jewish young adult (had my Hebrew birthday, the one I count, and turned 23 this past January) who also suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. I love life and I live for my best friends: they are my purpose and my reason for trying so hard. I remain passionately devoted to those I love; I will not let my disorders make me totally self-centered. I like to read, write, and sew. My Rabbinical school plans did not work out, and I am now hoping to go into the field of Early Childhood Education. Please note: I am currently maintaining only Carried in His Hands. Enjoy!