On Halloween, a 22-year-old woman – whose name I will withhold to protect what little privacy she has left – decided to dress as a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing. This entailed dressing like a regular marathon runner but with fake blood on her extremities. And, as young people do, she posted the picture
A quick look into the idea of Makom Kavua.
Not that one’s prayers are not efficacious if one doesn’t memorize them of if he doesn’t understand every word he’s saying, but wouldn’t our prayers be more meaningful to us if we knew what we were saying?
Do we really believe that our ancestors held such enlightened views on women? My answer is, “No, of course not. Don’t be ridiculous.” But that doesn’t mean that the Torah doesn’t.
Fights over the spelling of “Knaidel”, the shape of bourekas and if we can put keys into challah? It seems like the Jewish community has forgotten that there are true problems facing our society.
Do we make things unnecessarily hard on ourselves or do we conspire to avoid our responsibilities?
It takes something different to get each of us thinking about humility.
When well-meaning congregants exacerbate the problems of shul decorum.
“I feel barely welcome or a part of the Jewish people.”