I am the rabbi of a small, vibrant, Conservative, congregation in Grand Rapids, MI. Over the 21 years I have been here, I have seen an evolving religious landscape in the city, in the Jewish community, and within the walls of the synagogue. The synagogue is becoming a house of worship for all people. An increasing number of people who are not – or not yet – Jewish are coming to use as seekers. Our mission is to present an authentic Jewish experience, while remaining open to such seekers. Our mission is to encourage each person who walks through our doors to “Embody Torah: To make every decision and every act reflect our commitment to Torah.”
The purpose of this blog is to explore what it means to make our lives embody Torah. How does our eating, our Shabbat practice, our prayer experience, embody Torah? How do we internalize and embody our Torah study? Please join me in this exploration — I welcome your comments and suggestions.