I was blessed to have a VERY God-fearing, Pentacostal grandmother, my dad’s mother Mary Ellen Jeffcoat. She had long silver hair that she didn’t believe in cutting, because the Bible says a woman’s hair is her glory. She always pinned it into a bun, because the Bible also says a woman is supposed to be… Continue reading How I Became Jewish at Four Women’s Tables
We're allowed to be angry. It's a human emotion. It's there, created by our Creator, for a reason, as my friend in my FB group so eloquently put it: "It’s truly a gift 🎁 and a lightbulb moment to help us notice, something is amiss...there’s something I must repair here..." For me, as I thought about what… Continue reading Is Anger the Opposite of Faith?
I am sitting in a gorgeous old courtroom with intricate ceilings, waiting to convince the judge I’m not a great candidate for jury duy. I don’t really want to be here; who loves jury duty? I chickened out about wearing my “You Are Fake News” baseball cap that was going to be my surefire ticket… Continue reading The Moon, The Trees, and A Courtroom
I’m sitting across from a yummy brown-skinned boy in clean dinosaur pjs playing a video game on my phone (so I can type this passionate raging article I’m about to type). He’s playing and I hear shooting sounds and he says in his sing-song voice, “I’m fighting bad guys, I’m fighting bad guys.” He’s what… Continue reading Racism and Abuse in the Jewish Community (My Pains Collide)
Three days into a home stay-cation courtesy of the flu, 2 sick children, 1 sick mommy, freezing cold temperatures, and nowhere to turn hours into Shabbos, I decide to open a 1,000 piece puzzle. Genius idea, genius. It's a 1,000 piece puzzle I bought for my 7-year-old for Chanukah, my 7-year-old who hates puzzles. But… Continue reading Puzzles & Mommy Overwhelm
We get stuck in our stories, the "facts" as we see them. Which, often are only side vapors of the truth. I like to write affirmations. True truths. Truths I can trust. Even when they feel false, they are true. And the more I say them, feel them, breathe them, the more I believe them. … Continue reading 38 Affirmations for a Happy Life
I'm in coaching school now at The Redemption School with Rivka Malka Perlman. I'm actually being a student and fully immersing myself in the experience (usually I'm an admin and background support). The exercises that RMP leads us through are FASCINATING and powerful. Today we learned about The Future Self, a tool to take someone… Continue reading Who are the Women who Made You?
With all the hurricanes and fires and earthquakes happening, many have been talking about a wake-up call. Is G-d trying to get our attention? Is the end near? What does "the end" even mean? I saw a man on the streets of Baltimore preaching something. He may or may not have been crazy. I was… Continue reading The Bible portion that Made Me Convert to Judaism…