Jewish Thoughts is my personal blog, dedicated to Orthodox Judaism. Orthodox Judaism is the most traditional form of Judaism, in which followers adhere strictly to Halacha (Jewish law). Other Jewish movements (Such as Reform or Masorti) do exist, but these denominations don’t believe Halacha is binding, and have replaced many Jewish traditions with more modernised alternatives. I have experience with Liberal Judaism, however, I found that my thoughts on Judaism were more compatible with an Orthodox lifestyle. This is why I have chosen a Torah-observant life. Additionally, I am amazed at the work of Chabad-Lubavitch, and I share many of their views and minhagim (customs). For that reason, I consider myself a Chabad Jew, though I know I still have a lot to learn about Chassidsim and the Lubavitcher Rebbes!
On my blog, you’ll find a range of articles. I love writing, and so I plan to write at least an article a day for Jewish Thoughts. If I’m lacking in inspiration, I might not write as much, and obviously I will not post on Shabbes or yontiffs (Jewish holidays which have the same laws as Shabbes, prohibiting work). I want to write about all aspects of Judaism, but I’ll obviously gravitate to the issues which interest me the most. These include the Parsha (weekly Torah portion), the Ba’al Teshuvah movement, and women’s issues. I’ll probably also be writing quite a bit about halacha, Jewish holidays, and Chabad-Lubavitch. This blog is not aimed solely at Baalei Teshuva, or at women, however I might decide to start a women’s blog at some point in the future. Some of my articles are personal; I try to leave out identifying information, but they are about my own, personal Jewish journey.
You can learn a lot about me by reading these posts. For those of you who want to know who I am, I think that the most important part of my identity is my Jewishness; specifically, my Jewish womanhood. I’m proud of being a Jewish woman and I express this through my religious observance. I enjoy writing and reading; I read a range of religious texts, including the Torah, daily, as well as seeking out inspirational and interesting religious articles. I love spending time at my local Chabad House- it’s my favourite place to be. I enjoy meeting new people, as well as conversing with old friends, so please feel free to contact me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org!