Yes, I've been a bit out of the loop with the blog. Summers keep us Community Center Directors busy. In spite of that, though, I am finding my connection with Judaism growing deeper and deeper each week.
I find that, by Friday, I can't wait to walk into the warm embrace of Shabbat. While I am not traditionally shomer Shabbos, I definitely mark the day different from the rest of the week, both in my choices and my mentality. The cell phone is put away, the "to-do" list is pushed out of my head, and I simply take in life.
I am trying to get more disciplined with studying Torah on Shabbat; I feel so fulfilled once I finish my lesson. M and I have also found another community to spend Shabbat with and making connections there.
Most exciting: we have booked a trip to Israel with the Federation and are going in February. I am also planning on taking a few classes with a local Orthodox Rabbi, possibly on Talmud or Modern Hebrew.
Most important than any of this: becoming Jewish has provided me with grounding I never knew before. No matter what the temporary annoyance, stress, or burden, I find myself focusing on the word Hashem, reminding myself that I am connected to something greater than me and that there is some reason why this temporary discomfort is present in my life. This has helped me become a better person in every aspect of my life, and I have a greater appreciation of every day I am alive.
Not to say it's all been a honeymoon, but I prefer to write about this for now. More later....