Shabbat

How Having a Baby Has Changed This Rabbi’s Blessings

This summer, my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world in Jackson, Mississippi. Ever since, the birth ...

Shabbat Shalom – You’re Doing It Wrong!

My family hadn’t been to synagogue in awhile. Even though I’m a Jewish professional myself, it happens—largely because while I ...

Flexibility & Adaptability: Making Room to Grow

As part of our summer blog series on 21st Century Skills, we are featuring personal stories from camp alumni and ...

Settling In, Still Unsettled: Early Southern Shabbat Reflections

Ever since I was in elementary school, I have always had a strong connection to prayer. On Friday nights during ...

Sharing My Shabbat Table

One of the most empowering things I have done since living on my own as an Orthodox Jewish “single” is ...

How the Unnecessary Became Necessary

I come from a rather Modern Orthodox, Ashkenazi family that is composed mostly of women. The only male in my ...

Judaism for Singles or for Families?

I’m getting married next week. Most of the wedding planning is done (but, oy, the table assignments, they continue to ...

Packing for Shabbat at Camp

Shabbat at camp is magical.  Shabbat at camp means time to relax with friends, guitars, singing, and of course, lots ...

Candle Lighting’s Power to Connect and Transform Us

I’m thinking a lot about Shabbat candle lighting nowadays, in part because I’m awaiting the birth of my first grandchild ...

Violating Someone Else’s Sabbath

I recently received an email from my local synagogue‘s Brotherhood, asking for volunteers to help with some much-needed upkeep work ...