When life feels busy Jewish faith can be relegated to another item on our to-do list.
Even with the best routines and intentions, going to synagogue, studying and talking to your children about what they’re learning and experiencing in Hebrew school can fall by the wayside in the face of work pressure, or unexpected emergencies.
And yet, it is when life is busy that we can best honor our Jewish faith through small daily acts.
During this season of life, I find comfort in the ways I can incorporate Judaism into my daily life that are modern, feminine and simple.
Following are 7 ways I have found to stay connected to Judaism no matter how busy I get.
Take the time to remember how Judaism has shaped who you have become. It could be remembering older family members, the Jewish holidays of your childhood or thinking about how your parents responded when you came home and asked them “Who is Jesus”?
Eat a Vegan Meal
Enjoying a simple vegan meal means eating a meal that is meat and dairy free. The good news is that this is also a kosher meal. So enjoy! Here is a simple vegan meal guide to help you get started.
Watch Jewish Videos
We live in a time where there are Jewish videos for all ages and on endless topics. For me, I watch Bimbam with my daughter every week before Shabbat. This meaningful weekly screen time is something she loves and I feel good about because she is learning about Judaism.
Display a beautiful Jewish object in your home:
Intentionally place a beautiful Jewish object on display in your home. Whether it be a menorah, a kiddush cup, a ketubah or a letterpress Jewish holiday calendar is up to you.
There’s something about being quiet with beautiful images and allowing yourself to curate an ambiance that is relaxing and creative. This is true for when we are looking for inspiration for remodeling our kitchens, what we will cook for dinner or the clothes we will place on our wish list. It is also true for our relationship with Judaism. We can curate our own experience of Judaism on Pinterest.
Do something kind
Acts of kindness (a.k.a doing a mitzvah) towards another person is something we can do anytime and in our own way. It can be as simple as writing a letter to another person who needs some support right now, buying a colleague a cup of coffee, or taking extra time spend time with to your child today.
Take a 25-hour break from technology
Powering-down our computers and phones (and other electronic devices) for specific and routine periods of time during our week can rejuvenate us and allow us to reconnect with ourselves and the people around us. Shabbat is a perfect time to take a weekly technology break.
In the comments, I’d love to know: What modern, feminine and simple ways do you connect to your Judaism?