Judaism

Are Tattoos Taboo? (The Torah’s Take)

4 months ago Hannah Butcher 0
In December, after I turned 18, the first thing my friends asked me was if I was going to get a tattoo. Something inside me held me back from jumping head-first into a tattoo parlor, however.  At the International Shabbaton I realized why, exactly, I hesitated to get inked. Like me, many Jewish teens stand Read More

“I Tried It!” – Modeh Ani

8 months ago Hannah Butcher 0
For two weeks, I said Modeh Ani, one of the most important Jewish prayers, before I began each day. And G-d proved to me, yet again, that everything happens for reason. I began my goal with the intent that, by thanking G-d as soon as I woke up, I would train myself into appreciating each Read More

Sukkot and the Unfinished World

12 months ago Hannah Butcher 0
On Thursday night, the second day of Sukkot, my family and I gathered under the roof of our rabbi’s holy sukkah. When we walked inside, however, plump water droplets plopped from the palms. We looked down at the table cloths, napkins, cups, and plates; they were all soaked by the Floridian rain. Astonished, people shuffled Read More

Back to School: Maintaining Your Jewish Identity

1 year ago Hannah Butcher 0
It’s that time of the year again; new schedules are placed in our hands, our backpacks are strapped on tight, and our pencils are freshly sharpened. That’s right: it’s time to go back to school. As with any time of the year, Jewish identity is of utmost importance. “I’m a Jew and I’m proud / Read More

Finding My Jewish Roots

2 years ago ssalles 0
During our teenage years, we struggle to fit in and find our happy place. During the first part of high school (I’m currently a junior), I spent a lot of time alone. I would feel lonely most of the time at school, especially at lunch. Most of my friends lived out of state, and I Read More
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