Mountains, Mysticism, and Moxie

High up in the mountains, Tzfat is considered “the city of kabbalah”… very spiritual… mystical actually. Cobblestoned streets and winding alleys lead to medieval Synagogues, art galleries and all sorts of captivating nooks and crannies.

Jewish and What in the World did I just do!?

Twenty years into learning about Judaism, I was still hanging around the edges. Learning? Yes. Observing Jewish laws? Too exotic and constraining. I admired other people’s Jewish observances. but I was

“But how exactly did you fall in love with being Jewish?”: Recap #3

This next recap is about…. finding my way back home. Into the tribe and the religion of our fathers and mothers…. Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Leah and Rachel…

A TRUE JEW…mini skirts & all: Part 3 of three

Vhat?, as my grandma Yeta would say with her Russian Yiddish accent. What is more than I could hope or imagine? When Cinderella puts on the slipper and it

TOES IN THE WATER: Mitzvahs in the sand

Growing up, I viewed religious observance as irrelevant at best. More so, I saw it as undesirable and sort of silly. Why would  people burden themselves with rituals, customs and vague laws from some ancient book? Really, I carried a bit of hostility towards the whole thing. My world, full of few rules, allowed for Read More