It’s time. I have been called out. I have been signaled. I have been awakened. It all started that first trip out of my homeland in May 2010. The Baptist Collegiate Ministry from UWF took a group of college kids out of their comfy, climate-controlled cubicles and plopped them into the sticky, buggy jungle of … Continue reading I Have Been Awakened by Catherine Currier
There are certain spiritual truths, verses, concepts that stick with you - things that have seeped down into the deep recesses of your heart. They become the foundation of your faith in G-d, the unshakeable knowledge that sees you through when the waters of life get rough. For me, it is the knowledge that G-d … Continue reading We are the Ravens
Have you heard the term "hiddur mitzvah"? It means Beautify or Enhance the Mitzvah - we should go above and beyond as we seek to fulfill a commandment of G-d. That is why we have such gorgeous objects in our synagogues and homes that we use to fulfill G-d's commandments surrounding our observance. The sages' … Continue reading Hiddur Mitzvah
Many modern day purim spiels present the story of Esther as an ancient Persian version of the TV show “The Bachelor” where scores of women compete to win a marriage proposal from an eligible, handsome, young bachelor – going on scads of fancy dates and romantic excursions while he presents roses to the contests as … Continue reading Winner of the Persian Bachelor?
Last week, a friend posted the link to an interview with Rachel Denhollander, the first to come forward with her story of abuse by Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics team doctor convicted of seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct who was sentenced just recently. Her interview sheds light on a problem that plagues the … Continue reading The Least of These
This blog post will be different from others you’ve read on Neshama Women because it’s me you’re getting. I lean far more to a practical faith and I’m not an incredibly spiritual or even vaguely pious woman; I’m just sometimes funny. But I want to tell you a story. It has a beginning, but so … Continue reading It Started With a Brisket by Melissa Moskowitz
We are all gasping and reeling at the images we see splashed across the news and social media. The echoes of the phrase "Never Again" seem to ring hollow as white men, armed with flags emblazoned with swastikas and signs decrying the inhumanity of non-white people, marched with torches in the night. This time it … Continue reading Tikun Olam: A Jewish Response to Injustice