I just posted “Being a Light” over at EdibleTorah. Since the main idea of the essay has as much to do with kashrut as with general observance, I wanted to share it here as well. Click here to read the original item.
“I’m so glad you are here today,” the woman said to Pandora at her Weight Watchers meeting today. “Because you were the crazy lady.”
The woman speaking had just made her lifetime goal, and she was speaking in front of the whole group about her success. She took the opportunity to single out my wife for honorable mention.
“I always thought of you as the crazy lady,” she continued. “because nothing you said made sense to me. You were in a completely different place. But now that I’ve been doing the program, everything you said then fits together.”
Another woman looked at the speaker and said “Well, *you* are*my* crazy lady.”
I guess that’s how it works sometimes. We come together as a community and share our experiences. Somethings resonate, others challenge our way of thinking only to come back later and make sense.
And if we are lucky, there is someone there for us to see that a new idea can work; someone who we can look to as an example of “how it works”.