Kindness While Pursuing Justice

This past week, my social feeds has been inundated with stories and commentary about county clerk and evangelical Christian Kim Davis. In this case, Davis has decided to martyr herself by denying marriage licenses to gay couples, and is now in contempt of court for it because she continues to refuse to do her job.I've seen a lot of posts and articles making fun of her. Yes, she's had four marriages and is in other ways being a bit hypocritical. Absolutely. Yes, she dresses frumpy and seems t … [Read more...]

Making 2015 Better

I am just two weeks past the official time to make New Year's Resolutions and already so much has happened.Around the world there are terrorist attacks and genocides. There are hungry people and lost airplanes. There is political unrest and unwarranted injustice. There is trouble everywhere.And here I am wondering how to continue my conversion process and fit more Jewishness into my life.I wonder, how do I reconcile the absolute atrocities and violence around the world with my own … [Read more...]

Musings on the Creation Debate and Jewish Belief


So, I really wanted to write something amazing about the Bill Nye-Ken Ham smackdown that happened at the Creation Museum. But I have nothing truly inspiring to say. I was, and still am, fully Team Nye. I found that Ham's views were very biased and based on a narrow interpretation of both Gd and the Bible. I had actually hoped that Ham would bring out real science to refute Nye...but alas, it was not to be. The Debate Some Tweets "Ham's view that the Bible translated into American English … [Read more...]

Interview with a “de-convert” from Christianity to Atheism


I want to remind any readers that I am interviewing because I feel that, despite any differences in belief, those of us who choose a different faith are alike. We long for a better fit, and we seek it out despite personal or professional costs.The first interview with someone who moved from one faith to another is…anonymous. Seriously. Here’s my interview with him, including why he feels that anonymity is required despite living in a “free” country.The Interview Questions:1) What w … [Read more...]

Community – What Online Conversion Lacks


There seems to be a proliferation of "convert to Judaism" online websites lately. I'm not sure why this is, although it does seem fueled by demand. Judaism is attractive to a lot of people and the internet helps would-be converts find resources and Rabbis. It's a cool thing, really. That should say a lot about the power of Judaism to bring people to the faith without actually proselytizing.Here are just some sites where you can convert online, at least up to the Beit Din and Mikveh … [Read more...]

Faith and Feminism


When I was younger, feminism was a bad word. It was, as my friend put it, "up there with Satan and communism"on the list of very bad things. It was a force to be reckoned with, the driving force behind the ills in society (like homosexuality, lack of prayer in schools, school shootings, etc.) That's right, feminism was the straw that broke the world...or somethign.  My journey from conservative Christian to liberal Jew(ess?) has been a natural progression. It has opened my eyes and in the end … [Read more...]

Erev Shabbat Online? say what?

It seems like the number of people searching to convert to Judaism has grown over the past few years. It's a common question on many Jewish sites. Places like OneShul and PunkTorah have taken the Jewish community and put it on the web.  There are even sites to convert to Judaism online, although a Beit Din is still required and a local community is recommended.But what if you have a community, and can't get out of the home? Or want to follow a full liturgy alongside home ritual? Or, like me, … [Read more...]