Going Backwards – To Move Forward

Hello friends, 

For those who’ve been following my stories, thank you for your interest and support. I truly appreciate each of you. I am revisiting the purpose of this blog, and sharing below my new perspective. (I will also share this under “Bio”).

Who knew being unabashedly Jewish was the missing link?!


I am Vivi.

I went from hating being Jewish for many many years …  to Judaism becoming the core of who I am and my source of joy.

Though I didn’t realize until years later, this disconnect from my roots caused much pain in my life. For Jewish people who feel any stirring or recognition of this experience … and for all people who want more connection to their essence, this blog is for you.

Stories about Judaism, belonging, and identity are mixed with antics, spice and laughter to keep us all happy. If it’s no fun, it’s not for me. I imagine some of you feel the same!

My family’s escape from Russia and Poland, and my growing up in modern USA with a bit of PG rated  סמים מיניים וסלע, “sex, drugs and rock n roll”, … start us off.

Then comes the totally unexpected development of trust and belief in a powerful, loving, wise G-d. This interrupted my logical trajectory and led to the equal surprise of falling in love with Judaism.

The result has been the washing away of heaps of anxiety, becoming kinder and more connected to everyone, and a comfort in my own skin that I always wanted, but didn’t have since I was a little child. Who knew being unabashedly Jewish was the missing link?!

Perhaps someone feels the same way. Embarrassed to be Jewish, critical of religion and no sense of belonging to any Jewish community, nor any desire. I fluctuated between fear, hostility and disbelief in God to feeling jealous of those who did have faith. I also carried my own share of judgment towards what I saw as the gullibility of the “faithful” ones”… Sorry. 🤭 


I am a mom of two outstanding young men and am passionate about many things including singing, practicing Krav Maga (Israeli self-defense) and not taking myself too seriously. I have to laugh at myself because I am a bit “I Love Lucy”. Of course I am passionate about Judaism and Hashem (a Jewish word for God).

All Are Welcome. I genuinely invite you to share your thoughts, experiences and dreams under any single post. Agree, disagree … your comments make this worthwhile.

I would love love love to grow and learn together. 💞

Shalom aleichem… peace unto you
and laughter צָחַק.

Love, Vivi 💖  ©

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2 thoughts on “Going Backwards – To Move Forward

  1. Susanne Katchko says:

    Becoming kinder and more comfortable in your own skin?

    I’ll have what she’s having!! 🙂

    That sounds amazing. Following your journey with you is a treat. It’s good to witness your compassionate self-reflection – you’re modeling kindness!

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