Posts Tagged "judaism"

Headaches and Hair Covering

Some thoughts on Yom Kippur

The Kosher Academic reposted her post on Yom Kippur, and I commented there but I wanted to expand on her thoughts and mine. I do not fast well at all. There have been fasts that…

Burials in Judaism

I want to understand this. There are some Jewish burial societies that refuse to allow women to attend burials at their cemeteries. I recently attended the funeral of a lovely woman who had lived a…

Rosh Hashannah

Sitting in shul, listening to the awesome chazzan singing his haunting melodies, I was transported back years. Growing up we attended Machzikei Hadas shul in Golders Green, London. Every year Mr David Bakst, may his…

Divorce Research Project

I had a very interesting morning yesterday. A while back I was contacted by a friend of a friend who was participating in a research team and had wondered whether or not I could give…

Why I question

I am going to attempt to explain why I ask so many religious questions, and sometimes may seem like a renegade, when that is totally not who I am. I went to a religious day…

Aliyah LeTorah

What is your shul’s minhag? Can you be called to the Torah if you are not wearing a hat, do you need to have your tallit over your head to say the brachot? Does your…

The Same Religion?

This week my son will put on tefillin for the first time with a bracha. He will be barmitzvah a month after that. It is our family custom to start the boy off a month…

Judge not lest ye shall be judged

I try so hard to not judge people based on looks. We each have our own personal biases, obviously, but judging a book by its cover doesn’t really work. The most beautiful person could be…

Tips to Ensure an Easier Fast

Tips to Ensure an Easier Fast

Tips to Ensure an Easier Fast (from the OU website) By Ira Milner RD While some people fast with little difficulty, most of us expect to feel more or less bedraggled after only a few…

Dear Lord

Here I stand, at the holiest place that we can access, the Western Wall, the Wailing Wall, the Kotel. I am humbled to be stood here in front of you. I am grateful and thankful…

Olympic Meshugass!

I actually listened to the rabbi’s speech today in shul, and most of what he said ticked me off. Maybe it’s just me, or maybe he is usually controversial and I never listened before.  …