• Journal Entries, Spring 2021

    The following pages contain all of my journal entries for the Spring 2021 semester. Some of it is personal, some of it is stuff I'd tell to any friend or stranger on the street. Enjoy.

  • Chaos

    I have now learned the Hebrew sort of equivalent word for chaos, in the sense of "what the world was before god started making the world."

  • Semester 2 Begins

    Hello! Here I am, once again, popping up from the blue after many many months away. Class is starting up again, so I feel like I'll maybe have a little more motivation to share things.

  • Purim

    A quick Purim primer from MyJewishLearning.Com: The history: “A young Jewish woman, Esther, rises to be Queen of Persia under the tutelage of her guardian Mordecai. All, however, is not right. The Jews have enemies, and a certain Haman, the grand vizier, plots the Jews’ destruction. Even though Esther has hidden her Jewish identity from all, Mordecai prevails on her to risk her life by revealing her true identity to the king. She does this and denounces the evil Haman’s plot. At the end of the story, the Jews are able to turn the tables on their enemies, who are then punished in place of the intended victims.” The Celebration:“Purim…

  • Attention Span of a…

    Well, here we are, with only 2 weeks left of the first semester of class and I'm finally remembering that I should update things here.

  • Torah study

    I woke up at 9am on a Saturday completely voluntarily to log into a zoom Torah study discussion group.

  • Sex and Feelings

    I got started this afternoon on some of my reading for my next LJL class. Our topic next week is Life Cycle 2 - Marriage. I wasn't expecting a lot of feelings about this one because on the whole I'm not particularly tied to the idea of marriage, and I don't have any idea if I'm going to have one or anything like that. This expectation overlooked an obvious fact in Judaism.

  • LJL #1- Life Cycles 1 – Birth

    First class was really cool! It was apparently a sort of non-traditional start to the class because we had an interesting guest speaker who was available for the first half but not the second. We got into the nitty gritty details of how the class was going to work at the end.

  • Study Methods

    So I’ve started doing some of the reading for class (you know, the one that doesn’t start for 2 more weeks?) and I’ve got a bit of a study plan worked out, that I’m going to write here to share and to keep track.