I woke up one day last week with the deep desire to pray with a minyan. (A minyan is a prayer quorum of ten Jewish adults--Orthodox Jews will only count men.) My problem was that I wanted to wear my tallis and tefillin, which in Orthodox circles are only worn by men, and the minyanim that meet daily on campus are both Orthodox.
But I didn't let that stop me. I went to the Rabbi of the Orthodox minyan at Hillel and asked permission to pray with them wearing tallis and tefillin. This morning I got an official yes! I was so excited, happy, and triumphant.
My experience this morning was an intimidating breath of fresh air. Intimidating because I was the only one on the women's side of the divider (!) fumbling around in a prayer book with which I am not very familiar. (I know Sim Shalom, the Conservative movement's prayer book, like the back of my hand; this one, however, was published by Artscroll, an Orthodox publishing company, and the layout is very different.) The breath of fresh air part came because I am fed up with praying in my room, as if I have something to hide or of which to be ashamed. It was so...nice to be with a community.
And you know what? Those guys really are community. Several of them made a point of saying good morning to me afterward.
Veni vidi vici. I came. I saw. I conquered.
Jew-Girl for the win!
"Don't tell God how big your storm is; tell your storm how big your God is."
I believe in God.
I believe in God.
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