Monthly Archives: April 2012

Embracing Judaism

I am a Jew. Not only am I a Jew, I’m a Jew by choice. So, it may seem odd that I’m making a post about embracing Judaism. OF COURSE I’ve embraced Judaism. Otherwise, I would not have undertaken the difficult journey to become a Jew to start with. But, what I have done and what I am doing has… (more…)

Drake’s Re-Bar Mitzvah Video

I’m not a rap fan. I don’t listen to rap or country. I listen to pretty much anything else. So, I’m not the best to comment on how good a rap or country song is. But, that’s not the point of this post. As far as the tune and rhythm, Drake’s latest video has a pretty catchy song. But, as… (more…)

Traditional Shabbat

I’ve been reading up on a traditional Shabbat. Having never really experienced one, I decided to do one. The thing about a traditional Shabbat is really no creative work. There are many categories of work that are prohibited traditionally. The idea is that you prepare and avoid those actions on Shabbat. You use timers to turn things on and off,… (more…)

Counting the Omer – Kabbalah

Huffington Post is counting the omer. If you don’t know what counting the omer is, it’s counting 49 days from the second day of Passover. It is largely a kabbalistic exercise in which, each day, you focus on a very specific aspect of God and try to attune to that energy.

My First Tallit

I bought my first tallit before Pesach (Passover) and wore it Passover morning. A tallit is a prayer shawl commanded by God: (Numbers 15) 37The Lord said to Moses, 38“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel.… (more…)