What Comes Next?

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.

 

 

 

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One comment on “What Comes Next?
  1. Linda Elyad says:

    Hi Steven/Shlomo,
    I came across your blog because I am a Jewish educator searching for Midrash about what happened between Exodus 2:10 and 2:11 for my Jewish religious school students. You wrote above, “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.”

    My husband and I are in a similar position, but did a different solution in regard to the synagogue membership. We apply for, and get, enough financial “assistance” so we pay 1/10th of what the synagogue is asking for membership. That works within our budget. Then I help out by doing what I can to support the synagogue by volunteering.

    You should not let the synagogue administration pressure you, or shame you in any way. Remember, what you give them is a free-will donation.

    They are not a country club. The synagogue administration needs to solve their budget problems, it’s true; but that’s not your problem. It’s their responsibility and obligation to serve all Jews who come.

    Here’s a link to the excellent blog written by my husband, Bill Finn. You might also enjoy his books. https://unorthodoxtorah.wordpress.com/

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