Candidacy Assessment

Finally it happened - the first meeting with the local Beth Din! This wasn't one of the three meetings that the Beth Din requires for conversion, but rather an initial meeting to assess my viability as a candidate. Because of COVID-19, the Beth Din still isn't hosting meetings in person, so the meeting took place…

On Hold… Indefinitely

Waiting to hear back from your rabbi, who's waiting to hear back from the sponsoring rabbinical court, who are busy dealing with their own congregations and coronavirus, is like sitting on hold with the IRS. You have to provide very specific information, and you have to remember it because the outcomes hinges on you having…

Passover At A Distance

Although the Jewish calendar is full of important holidays, Passover is arguably the most important. The Jewish exodus from Egypt to freedom in Israel is the seminal event in Jewish history, and as Jews re-enact their ancestors' oppression, living through the plagues, and eventually reaching their freedom in this climatic story, they reiterate the importance…

My First Shabbat

This week, I did a really special thing: I brought in Shabbat by myself for the first time! I've been preparing for - and bringing in - Shabbat for many years with the various Jewish families I've worked for, but doing it by myself was different. There were no little kids running around making noise.…

How I Met My FiancĂ© – Part Two

Udi, according to his JSwipe profile, was 37, very tall, and a graphic designer. His profile had several photos of a man with thick black hair, big, dark eyes, and a cleft chin - and not much else in the way of information. He was quite handsome, and looked substantially younger than his age. We…

How I Met My FiancĂ© – Part One

In January of 2019, I was invited to visit Israel by the mother of the Jewish family for whom I used to nanny. In exchange for a plane ticket there and back, I would provide childcare hours equivalent to the price of the ticket - most importantly, childcare on the flights. There was no question…