Archive for March 24, 2016

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The Mantra that Rewired My Soul

BH Growing up, my thinking went like this: The Bible was the best-selling book of all time. But I didn’t know one person who ever bought it, much less read it. So, it must be that the Bible is written for non-Jews. I wasn’t sure what kind of non-Jews, but I assumed the non-Jews I’d seen on television on Sunday mornings. Scary, preachy non-Jews who needed to be turned off immediately to avoid falling into their clutches. Especially because they...

Dustin Hoffman knows he’s a Jew. Now what?

BH The upcoming holiday of Purim, (next Thursday), is an auspicious time for revealed good for the Jewish nation: G-d can save us from anything, just like He did in ancient Persia. Haman, the irredeemable anti-Semite, maneuvered a death decree against every last Jew in the land. Through Mordechai and Esther, G-d performed “miracles within nature,” saving our people from annihilation, inspiring Jews for generations to be bold, hopeful, and unified in our commitment to G-d and Torah–even in the...

Secrets from My Mother’s Shiva

BH Some people dismiss observant Jewish life as “too restrictive,” but I have found it to be quite the opposite. Who knows better than G-d what I’m supposed to do at any given moment? This was especially true during the disorienting time of my mother’s shiva. For seven days, G-d said, “sit.” So sit I did. My chair was lovely but low. (I questioned if loveliness overrides lowliness but it doesn’t.) I know shiva etiquette advises visitors to remain silent...

My Mother’s Unintentional Gift

BH I have often thought that people should write their own obituaries. Toward that end, I have even started writing my own. Why should I leave it to others to decide what’s important to share about my life? But, my mother didn’t do that, and it’s impossible to condense my perception of her life into one coherent blog post, so I’ll share a couple of points about her now. She will surely be in future posts as she will always...