At each stage of a child’s life, even if that child’s potential seems lacking, it’s never lost. It might take time, but ultimately, each of us, at each stage in that child’s development, has the opportunity to detect the holy spark within—and to help unfold the miracle of that human being’s purpose on earth.
Since it is neither possible nor a good idea to sanitize the world, our microcosms are our own responsibility. This has always been true. Spare yourself the unhealthy stress of worrying what others are doing. Focus on your personal efforts and thank Hashem in advance for continuing to keep you safe.
I thought I was broken. It was an emotional pain sometimes so deep it consumed me. I thought that when I discovered Torah Judaism 12 years ago, it would fix me. Those thoughts that exist in your mind that tell you that you’re not enough, you don’t have enough; I had believed them. And so I searched … Continue reading JUDAISM DIDN’T FIX MY LIFE, I NEED TO DO IT
By Manya Goldstein Eight years ago, I landed in Israel for the first time and spent a phenomenal summer connecting to my heritage and giving back to the land on NCSY GIVE (Girls Israel Volunteer Experience), a Jewish youth group program. I am eternally grateful to NCSY for giving me such a special inaugural Israel … Continue reading Etched in Silver on the Soul
By Emily Rosenbaum My book club journey began seven years ago when I went with Rebbetzin Henny Fisch of Etz Chaim Synagogue on the JWRP (Jewish Women's Renaissance Project) trip to Israel as a madricha (youth counselor). A few years later, a non-observant woman who went as a participant wanted to go back as a … Continue reading Jewish Book Club
By Shani Weinmann As a little girl, I did what many girls do as soon as they learn to walk: I took ballet. While the other girls in the class dropped out one by one, I stuck with it. I continued to study under two amazing women and despite my many frustrations, my mother (a … Continue reading My Dance Journey as an Orthodox Jewish Girl
By Mindy Rubenstein There's a Jewish saying: Meshane makom, meshane mazal. Which means, one who changes her location, changes her luck. After moving quite a few times -- in Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida -- I have learned that this applies not just to our physical place, but also to where we find ourselves mentally, … Continue reading How COVID-19 helped me settle into myself and my community
By Mindy Rubenstein I feel like I hover between two worlds. I discovered a more traditional form of Judaism as an adult — already married with children — and jumped in with my entire being. Over the next 13 or so years, I tried to quickly learn and absorb the mitzvos and to emulate the … Continue reading Integrating My True Self into Religious Life