Favorite Holiday

This week marks my favorite Jewish holiday: Simchat Torah. For those who are not familiar with it, every year the Jewish community¬†works its way through the five books of Moses according to a set schedule. To celebrate, a Torah scroll is completely unrolled around the inside of the sanctuary with the ends close together. As… Continue reading Favorite Holiday

Jewish Conversion Story

Ten years ago this weekend, I converted to Judaism. When I started the year-long series of conversion classes back in 2000, I realized that what the religion taught was what I'd believed my entire life. Among the highlights for me: there is not concept of original sin (that came from the Greeks), and for forgiveness,… Continue reading Jewish Conversion Story