I had many happy memories as a child, despite my recent portrayal of fear and chaos and extremism. So now I'll share some of those, and I want to dedicate it to my Grandmother, Viola, who passed away several years ago, to Papa Bill and his new wife Judy, and to My Mom, who deserves… Continue reading Grandma’s House
After writing The Man in a Dress at a Simcha (which I later removed to protect him and his family) and acknowledging my bias from my pre-conversion Christian past, then being confronted about it, then considering calling in for backup a Jewish guy with more sources than me (a Boss for truth who frequently gets himself in trouble… Continue reading Why I Love Extremists
So I'm all dolled up in the Longest Sheital Ever (henceforth referred to as LSE), for the second night seder with my kids. I wrangled them to take a nap, and now the time has come to wake them up from it. I hear a thud. One has fallen. Off my bed, the only place… Continue reading Grape Juice Surprise at the Seder
I used to start two days after Purim. Everyone needs a breather between holidays, right. I used to clean every mirror in my house, and wash every baseboard. I used to schlep (move) all the decorative things, platters, vases, pitchers out of my dining room and down to the basement. I used to clean out the… Continue reading How I Used to Prep for Pesach
The Oral Law. I'm scared to write about this. Scared because of my own ignorance and doubts. Scared to say something wrong. Scared I don't know enough or what I think I know is limited by my lack of learning. Scared that my skepticism will dint my reputation as a Jew or Judaism itself. My… Continue reading Do the Rabbis Really Know What They’re Talking About?
"Could you delve one day into the difference between belief and knowledge? It's one of those very uncomfortable topics that takes harsh honesty. I'd like to hear your thoughts. Love, your very agnostic cousin (who believes most people are agnostic but can't come to terms with it because of societal pressures and upbringing)." I LOVE… Continue reading To My Agnostic Cousin
(A Response to My Christian Mother – with So Much Love) Proving why the hopefully soon-coming Moshiach/Messiah is human (rather than divine) is basically like asking someone to prove that Judaism is more true than Christianity. It's a huge topic and one article will never be able to answer all the questions or cover all… Continue reading 39 Reasons Moshiach is Only Human
I wrote a piece in college called "The Anti-Perfection Rebellion." It's one of my favorite things I've ever written because it represents my first taste of self-awareness and freedom from yucky false beliefs from childhood. I don't have to be perfect to be loved!! I'm hoping I can find it and share it on my… Continue reading Anti-Perfection
When we visited Israel last Sukkot (2013), we sat in a sukkah at a beautiful gourmet meal, and as it very regularly happens, the story of our Jewish conversion came up... We told it for the first time in Israel, in Yerushalayim, in the Holy City, and I will never forget our hostess's response. “Wow,… Continue reading Mothering the Moshiach
When I first heard G-d referred to as "Hashem" I was reading a Jewish novel in Lawton, Oklahoma. Over a decade ago. Newlywed. Not even Jewish. I didn't even mean to pick a Jewish book, funny how a convert can look back and see things like that. I thought it was very, very weird to… Continue reading Who Are You, Hashem?