• maya

    Love this! It’s so true. It’s up to each individual and family to figure out how Judaism fits in their life. More essential now than ever since we’re fighting a battle around the world just because of our religion.

  • A timely musing, Wendy, thank you.
    As I read your post I was reminded of an excerpt from the Tanach; that of 1 Kings 19, wherein G-d calls Elijah to Mt. Horeb to meet with Him. Once ascending the mountain and turning off his SmartPhone, Elijah then senses G-d’s approach. A powerful wind blast’s the mountain, but G-d has yet to speak. A powerful earthquake shakes the mountain, but G-d again has yet to speak. A raging fire then blast’s the mountain, but still G-d has yet to speak. But then, Elijah is met suddenly with “…the sound of a gentle blowing, and a still, small voice..”. It is then that G-d speaks.
    Many practicing and well-intentioned Jews seek to throw the “wind, the earthquake and the fire” of Judaism at a given soul all at once, overwhelming them with a broad spectrum of requirements. When in fact, G-d gently woos His children back to Him, very often through “a gentle blowing,” and a “still, small voice” — a voice which simply says, “In quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).
    Your baby-steps in re-embracing Judaism are honored–each one of them. May He keep you in His perfect peace.