Morasha Kehilla: Why I started using my Hebrew name (full version)

I was born into my Jewish family in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, around the time modern Americans were celebrating 200 years since Christian pioneers formally took control of the land they conquered from previous inhabitants. Though my religious great-grandparents fled our enemies in Europe and emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s, … Continue reading Morasha Kehilla: Why I started using my Hebrew name (full version)

Birthday Blessings

I awoke at 5:30 am today to the sound of Bedouin men in the neighboring village chanting their prayers (Usually I wake up at 6:30 to the songs of busy yellow-beaked Eurasian blackbirds outside my window and on the roof.).  Their chanting was so hauntingly mesmerizing that it gently carried me from asleep to awake… … Continue reading Birthday Blessings

Full Moon Feelings in Eretz Yisrael

Why can't I just feel "good"? I keep resisting whatever this is inside. The uneasiness is hard to explain. Like I'm uncomfortable within my body, here in this place. What is this place? It's not where I'm meant to be. Not really, anyway. My soul knows; it's not natural. But I -- like other souls … Continue reading Full Moon Feelings in Eretz Yisrael

Aliyah Journal – Part 2

August 24-29 | 27 Av-2 Elul, 5782 We received our official approval from the Jewish Agency, tentatively confirmed our Nefesh B'Nefesh sponsored flight, and then, finally, our precious Visas arrived. I'm typing this with a feeling of disbelief and awe, because there were so many months, details and decisions, paperwork and interviews, and then this … Continue reading Aliyah Journal – Part 2

Aliyah Journal – Part 1

August 9-14, 2022 | 13-17 Av 5782  I was never a Zionist. In fact, through much of my life I didn’t even realize I had any connection to the Land of Israel. I naively thought it was simply a country, like any other, that happened to have Jewish people living there. Mindy Rubenstein I first … Continue reading Aliyah Journal – Part 1

I Know What ‘Choice’ Feels Like…

My friends, family, even my own children have voiced passionate opinions over the recent uproar and rhetoric regarding conception-related choices. While I tend to keep my personal opinions on heated topics to myself, I do want to share a bit about what I know. I know what it feels like to watch an ultrasound monitor … Continue reading I Know What ‘Choice’ Feels Like…

Go…to the land that I will show you

Ten months ago we sent our 15-year-old son 6,500 miles away to the Holy Land. He’s part of a unique, 3-year program with students from literally around the world, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Germany, Holland, Japan, and Panama. But a few months into the program, he was physically sick and struggling emotionally. Because of the closed … Continue reading Go…to the land that I will show you

Celebrating my Divine womanhood

I’m in my luteal phase, an important concept I only uncovered today. Since I’ve been feeling so seemingly crappy, and it’s not yet time for my ‘period’, I decided to pause and investigate.  Even as I type this, some part of me is saying, “Shhh…don’t talk about these things.” As a teen, my education about … Continue reading Celebrating my Divine womanhood

My heart and soul long for closeness with G-d, my true self, my people and our land

I spent part of the morning studying a map of Israel. While I've never stepped foot in/on the Holy Land, my son is in high school there this year. Each time I thought I would get to travel there, G-d decided it wasn't the right time yet. My heart and soul often feel oddly disconnected … Continue reading My heart and soul long for closeness with G-d, my true self, my people and our land