Tag: Julie Sugar

Down the Rabbit Hole: Gifts from a Religious Crisis

A little over a year ago, much of my life was shifting wildly or was already shattered: my relationship, my living situation, my health—and my religious observance. I had been secretly breaking Shabbos for a while, and finally acknowledged to myself that I was no longer committed to halakha, traditional Jewish law.

Immerse and Emerge: Revisiting the Mikvah

A new year is approaching, and winter is settling in. As we prepare to jump into 2012, and think about what sort of resolutions we will be making, I can’t help but reflect on how the Jewish year began a few months ago, and the specific blessings I sent to myself then—while underwater in a… Read more »

Skipping Shabbos and Drawing Lines

It’s 4pm, and I am sitting with my friend at a T.G.I. Friday’s in Philadelphia. I have chosen not to think of the day itself as Shabbos. I am skipping Shabbos day, you see; it’s just Saturday. We’re looking to split an appetizer and then a dessert. She points out something on the menu, and… Read more »