Posts Tagged ‘judaism’

My first memory of being moved by Judaism was not sitting in the upstairs gallery with my grandmother and the other lipsticked, perfumed ladies in their hats and good suits, though it is one of my earliest memories.

Rather, I remember standing close to my grandfather as he davened among the men. He held his tallit over his head and mine like a shelter one Yom Kippur. Bowing, bending, chanting over open prayer book, sending a rising, resonant hum to Heaven, he created what I would many years later come to know as “sacred space.”  (more…)

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Jew

With all the hope in my heart, and so many excellent reasons in mind, I moved to a small town in northeastern New Mexico about a year-and-a-half ago. Traveling the state on writing assignments these past two decades, I’ve  always felt at home in the small town setting. I came to believe that lacking the experience of actually  living in a small town in New Mexico constituted a major gap in my education. (more…)

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