Category Archives: Biography

Mikvah

Today is my mikvah. Sometime around 10:45-11:15am EST other Jews will know me as a fellow Jew. I cannot explain why this matters so much to me, but it does. And I understand why many people cannot understand how much this matters … Continue reading

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Hiddennesses

A solved problem. A defined problem believed to have a solution. A defined problem whose solution may be impossible. A defined problem believed to have no possible solution. An undefined but acknowledged felt difficulty believed to contain a definable problem. … Continue reading

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My 500-word spiritual autobiography

As part of my conversion process I’ve been asked to write a 500-word spiritual autobiography, and to pick out a Hebrew name. I thought I would choose Israel or Yisrael, but then I found Nachshon, and it is perfect for me. … Continue reading

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Memories of oblivion

I’ve been asked to write a 500 word spiritual autobiographical essay, and this has me thinking about my experiences with Vipassana meditation. I only have room for a line or two on meditation in the essay, so I’m venting my verbosity into … Continue reading

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Jewish

When people used to ask me what my religious beliefs were I gave a complicated answer: I have a Taoist metaphysic and a Judeo-Christian ethic. Now, after taking six months of Judaism classes at a Reform synagogue, participating in Torah … Continue reading

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“God Is Not Dead”

A church in my neighborhood put a flyer in my mailbox inviting me to a screening of “God Is Not Dead.” I decided to go and see it and to meet the people at the church. The film was interesting, … Continue reading

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A Jew trapped in a Gentile’s biography

Two details from a passage in Martin Buber’s Between Man and Man have stayed with me over the years. My friendship with one now dead arose in an incident that may be described, if you will, as a broken-off conversation. The date is … Continue reading

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