A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition by Merle Feld

By Merle Feld

Contains new and up to date fabric, in addition to a readers' consultant with questions for writing and chat groups. The revised variation of this loved vintage includes a readers' and writers' consultant to facilitate publication team conversations and casual grownup schooling, and likewise bargains activates for private journaling exploration. Merle Feld's emotionally robust prose and hugely available poetry open the hearts of readers of every age and non secular persuasions who're touring during the cycle of lifestyles and sharing within the look for that means.

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Buy enough, make enough, so that if unexpected additional guests turn up, I can always say, yes, please come, it’s fine, there’s plenty to eat. Thursday night, or Friday morning, I’m cooking. After the challah, my next priority is soup. If the soup is done, I feel I’m three quarters of the way home. Finally, a main course, side dishes, dessert. The food is ready, I set the table. Simple, because simple has always pleased me most. I dim the lights in the room, quite literally setting the scene for the ancient ritual which is about to unfold in my home.

Quite simply, I am putting something of me in the bread—my time, my effort, my energy, my love even. I mix it, it rises, I punch it down, I add the raisins, I braid it, it rises. Then I dip my fingers in beaten egg, smooth them across the braided top, sprinkle on poppy seeds or sesame. I break off a little piece of dough, say the blessing, put the trays in the oven. The smell fills the house, fills the hearts of my children, it goes beyond cooking. I can’t stay in a bad mood making challah, it soothes me, it calms me, it puts my life in perspective.

Further, we determined our privacy was best served by dating in secret. What that meant in those days in provincial Brooklyn was simply to see each other in Manhattan. Very quickly we came to love each other. A girl who had heard of neither Sukkot nor Shavuot until she was 18 was on her way to becoming a rebbetzin at 20. Often through the years when people have heard that I grew up in a secular home, they assumed that I “got religion” under the marriage canopy, to please or accommodate my husband the rabbi.

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