Author Archives: Aliyah bat Stam
Tisha B’Av begins tonight at sundown. Often, when I think about Jewish observance, it is in terms of process theology, or the notion of Jews changing God, or even God changing God’s self. Other times, I consider Jewish practice in … Continue reading
‘Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day; I also and my maidens will fast in like manner; and so will I … Continue reading
It has often been suggested — and by often, I mean every single Pagan I have ever talked to has mentioned it, and half of the Jews who knew anything about Judaism have said it to me, personally, at least … Continue reading
In medieval France and Germany, women did wear tefillin. Rabbenu Tam, Rashi’s grandson, ruled that a woman doing any mitzvah that she is not obligated to, including tefillin, must make the appropriate blessing.
“Celebrate your heritage, not because you belong to the Torah, but because the Torah belongs to you.”