Category Archives: Journal Entries

Romancing the Scroll

Reposting this from last year in honor of this week’s Torah portion, Ekev … So Here’s the Backstory. My husband and I are now devoted groupies of an organization called Nehirim, from a Hebrew word for “lights.” Founded by author … Continue reading

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Romancing the Scroll II

I think it’s official now, so I might as well admit it. My name is Michael, and I am a leynaholic. Leyn or leynen is an old Yiddish word that just means ‘to read,’ but when used in English, the word … Continue reading

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Let My People Marry! Parashat Va’eira

Reviving this oldie but goodie from 2010 as we pass from Va’eira into Bo’ … The Basics of Va’eira Diary on last week’s parshah, Shemot, by ramara Guide for the Perplexed: What’s a parshah? Here’s the full text of this … Continue reading

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The Jay Michaelson Project: February 22-23

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Two married gay guys who both converted to Judaism decide to become b’nei mitzvah together and go looking for a social justice project. Being avid readers and devoted groupies of Nehirim, a national … Continue reading

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It’s Actually Happening

So if you missed the news, my husband and I are about to embark on our first trip to Israel. And not just any trip, but a Big Gay Trip. We’ll be tooling around the country for a little over … Continue reading

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Jewels of Elul 2011

Delighted to be blogging again this year for Jewels of Elul, which provides daily inspiration for a bit of soul work leading up to the High Holidays. They feature noted writers and leaders along with a daily sampling of more … Continue reading

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True Confessions of an Ortho-Curious Gay Reform Convert

Special note: It’s always a great honor to learn that your writing made a difference in someone’s life. So this one’s for you, Ed! Wishing you much happiness and a smooth ride on the road to full recovery! It Is … Continue reading

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Educating Shim’on: The Road to Hebrew

לחנך את שימעון – הדרך לעברית Part 1. I Sorta Think My Whole Life Has Led Me to This Point. I started learning Hebrew in earnest back in 2008 or so, around the time I began the formal part of … Continue reading

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Lecha Challah! Or, Me and My Mitzvot

It Is Thursday Night. I am alone. I have to be alone because if my husband saw what I am doing, he’d think I’d gone off the deep end of Judaism. I am sitting in our living room in front … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Is Making Me a Little Crazy

Anyone who does a little background on (C)hanuk(k)ah knows that it started out as a celebration of Jewish defiance in the face of a powerful majority bent on assimilation. It commemorates the end of a blood-soaked occupation and civil war, … Continue reading

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