Michele Braun is currently studying for an MA in Jewish Education at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is also an art student and practices the ancient craft of tapestry making. She and her family are currently members at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY, where she occasionally leads Torah study.
Friday’s sunset could be no different than Thursday’s, a time marker notching off another day or another week, but Shabbat requires us to mark a more substantial difference, Regularity is key to keep track of our lives between other Jewish times and when days blur into each other.
As I was leading Torah study at our synagogue nearly a year ago, an evil man murdered my friends and co-religionists because to him, Jews are strangers and dangerous.
Planning to offer brief remarks before Kaddish for my mother, I found it much harder to summarize her life than it had been for my father four years earlier.