I read Sarah Tuttle-Singer’s blog post expressing what her Judaism means to her while participating in a project started by Beit Hatfutsot, wanting to know “what Judaism means to you.” It really moved me to write my own, since Judaism is everything to me.
My Judaism means being aware and grateful for the breath of life within me from the moment I wake up in the morning with “Modeh Ani” on my lips until my last prayer drifts off my tongue after the nighttime Shema and every blessing in between.
My Judaism means I’m never alone because I know G-d is always with me.
My Judaism means that every moment is an opportunity to improve myself, help someone or make this world a better place.
My Judaism taught me to live in the moment because that is all we really have and so I cherish laughter, tears and the twinkle in my children’s eyes.
My Judaism reminds me that even though we argue a lot we are still one people and must make it work.
My Judaism compels me to learn all I can and not just from books, but from everyone I meet and the world around me and then share it with others.
My Judaism teaches me to refine my character yet have chutzpah when it’s called for because we are a “stiff necked people” who need to survive.
My Judaism taught me no matter how tough things are to stick it out because everything has a reason and a purpose.
My Judaism taught me to make Aliyah and that it is a constant climb uphill that doesn’t end when one arrives in Israel.
My Judaism shows me that true beauty is not captured by the eyes but perceived with the heart.
My Judaism teaches me to believe in a glorious future when there will be peace on earth and war will be a distant memory.
My Judaism gives me a taste of the Garden of Eden every seventh day of the week.
My Judaism has taught me to see G-d in every person.
My Judaism gives me purpose, drive and motivation.
My Judaism teaches me that there is always room in my heart for more love and not to forget that love was the reason for creation and love will be our salvation.
My Judaism has made me appreciate being Jewish every day.
Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, saying “We want to know what Judaism means to YOU. Send your version and a photo to email@example.com to be shared on our Facebook page.”