So it’s been over four months since I’ve written any unique content for this blog. Oops. Since then, the semester ended, I spent some time learning at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Yeshivat Maharat, and Mechon Hadar. I did a two month Facebook detox. I also injured my ankle (it’s a long story involving a shark, scented … More Where have I been?
This summer I learned the word “kollel.” In Hebrew the word rolls off the tongue–a short ‘o’ sound, and two ‘la’ sounds; light and airy. One definition of the word is collection, like a collection of scholars. It refers to stipended advanced Judaic studies where the ‘o’ is elongated like the period of time spent … More “Kollel” Meaning Included
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I wrote this poem a few months ago, but thought it would be appropriate for this week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha. You are Abraham Your Upper West Side tent is open To the five boroughs of New York Waiting to share hospitality and the word of God I am a tired traveler Fatigued from trekking … More Sojourn in Canaan (Poem)
I was scrolling through Facebook when a friend sent me a screenshot of an OU/JLIC Jewish event at a secular college campus. “Manshmor” for him (i.e. Learning Torah and drinking beer) and challah baking for her. I was incensed. Let me get this straight–learning Torah is for men, and baking is for women? Is this … More Torah for Men, Challah for Women: A Look at Gendered Jewish Experiences