For seven years, I did my best to write a column in Shlomo’s Drash every week. For seven years, I pretty much succeeded. But my commentary fell of a lot after that first seven years. This August, it will be twelve years since I started Shlomos Drash. A lot changed and my motivations for writing changed, and to a large extent, withered. Yet I still see the need to have something here, to still come up with stuff and tell someone.
I cannot promise much. I’m busy trying to survive and support my wife on one income that hasn’t changed for five years. I’m not making as much in real terms as I used to, and that means a lot more hard work for me. It also means I cannot afford the synagogue that was much of my inspiration for much of the last few years writing fo Shlomo’s Drash commentary. I’ve also been too embarrassed about that I cannot afford membership that I am reluctant to go. Yet, I’ve heard the call to write often in the last few months, and haven’t really sat down to do anything about it. Much of what I am thinking is not strictly Torah, or at not least written law. In some sense it may be the Oral law, but it seems even different from that. For lack of a better term I’ll call it the Living Law, Torah Shel Hayyim. The term probably was used by someone else for something else, but I like it, so I’ll use it.
Like much I have written in the past, it is based on my experiences. As a student of Torah, I wrote about Torah and its refection in what I did everyday. I’m other things now, and what I think of Jewish Observance is different, and will need to be one of my pieces in the future — it is far too long to go into here. I’m a lot of things. An app developer, an artist, a runner, an inventor, a husband. these things are what informs my experience now. yet I wonder if they also inform Torah shel Hayyim. I think they do.
Let’s see what I come up with. I’ll be posting various things, some technical some not. Every article may not be for everyone, but we shall see what develops.