…And we’re back!

Greetings dear friends!

To say that I was too busy to reflect (in writing) during my second year of rabbinical school would have been an understatement. To our delight, our beautiful baby boy came into the world on November 16, 2013 – just days after submitting 3 midterms, and 5 weeks before final exams during the fall semester.  I was able to take 2 weeks off, but with baby in tow (or should I say carrier?) I went back to class determined to complete the school year.  It was tough in every way imaginable, but thanks to the most amazing husband, support team, faculty, friends and community, it was totally doable. Aside from that, our son’s first months were spent in front of Talmud pages and listening to amazing Rabbis teach brilliant things. Fortunately, I got the summer off and enjoyed every moment of it. Check out last years highlights….

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Now, its back to the work! Today was the first day of year 3! It feels like my skills and tools that I’ve gained over the years are finally amounting to something.  I am excited to see what this year brings – and I’m ready to be challenged yet again!

During today’s convocation, lead by our dean Rabbi Brad Artson, we were asked to fall in love with God again; to invite the holy of holies into our hearts; and to cultivate a passion that can not be put into words. Rabbi Artson also reminded us that love is not just a feeling – it is inspired behavior.

So the questions I’m left grappling with are:

  • In what ways do I cultivate my love for the Divine?
  • How do I feel God’s love in return?
  • If love is inspired behavior, what actions should I take to deepen this experience?
  • Is loving God separate/different/reflective of loving our children?

Needless to say, my heart is overflowing with love and gratitude – and I am so thankful to be in this community.  I look forward to this coming year – and even having a few moments here and there to reflect (in writing!) about it all.

Any thoughts about loving God?

Thanks for reading!

Aviva

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