I have been following these two Jewish sisters Simi and Chaya on Instagram for the past few months.
Simi tragically lost her husband at the end of 2017 and since then been using Instagram in a therapeutic wayto support herself through this year of grief. Her posts are heartbreaking and so raw and authentic that reading them makes me cry. I wrote to Simi and Chaya to tell them I am thinking of them, and sent them a digital Jewish holiday calendar.
I read this book with my daughter and she loved it so much we bought the whole series. It is a darling portrayal of Jewish life at the turn of the century in New York’s Lower East Side through the eyes of five young sisters.
I am reading this bookon Mussar and I like the book structure and the focus on practical life and improvement. I find myself wishing for something more feminine. It feels distant from me because the anecdotal stories are about men.
In Parshat Mishpatim there are the words: “You shall not tolerate a sorceress”. Today, who do you think the term “sorceress” applies to? Women who practice tarot? Women who practice reiki? Women who use crystals for energetic support?
I am asking because I am not sure. I keep a rose quartz on my bedside table and occasionally place in on my heart to help me relax before I fall asleep.
Shabbat Shalom, here’s to your peaceful Shabbat
Your turn: Tell me in the comments what you think the term “sorceress” applies to today?
*This “Shabbat Shalom” series is about sharing inspiring and supportive ideas with you before Shabbat. Please note that it is not a recommendation to “do” these activities during Shabbat. Rather it is in the spirit of giving you nourishing resources before Shabbat that they may intentionally bring into your life at the right moment.