Archive for June 26, 2014

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Cleaning Up My Act

BH I remember hearing the word when I was young, and the thought terrified me. I imagined a cerebral cortex being scrubbed down on a washboard. That’s what I thought of when I heard the word, “brainwashed.” But I remember thinking it probably wasn’t so bad once they put the clean brain back in your skull. No, I was told clearly, “brainwashing” is a bad thing done by bad people. There is nothing worse than being told what to think and what...

Jewish Spirituality 101: Do What You Hate

BH I read the email during a break in the action at the Yeshiva boys graduation:  “Dear Mothers of 7th and 11th Grade Girls.” I quickly did the math. Mother, yes, that’s me. Eleventh grade girl, yes, that would be my daughter, Rivky.  “We are looking for volunteers to help set up for the girls graduation tomorrow.”  Hmmm. There are times when I actually respond in a holy way to being asked to do things—”help somebody? I’d love to, that’s...

Coming Out as a Jew

BH I remember going to a class many years ago and hearing the teacher announce, “today we’re going to talk about hiskashrus.” “His kashrus?” I thought to myself. “Whose kashrus? We’re learning about keeping kosher?” I spent most of the class in clueless frustration until I asked someone what the word meant. Hiskashrus, pronounced pretty much like “his kashrus,” was not about anyone’s diet, but about “connecting,” as in connecting to the Rebbe. Good to know, especially since connecting to a leader is...

Finding What I Thought I Lost

BH I once heard a saying that there is no one as rich as a poor man who finds what he thought he lost. Two Thursdays ago, my husband and I were trying to get to Israel for the wedding of our friend Devorah Leah. She lived with us twenty years ago as a high school girl and we’ve been close to her ever since. You can imagine how annoyed we were (my husband, mainly) when the airline cancelled our...