Rose was a kind, sweet and generous Southern girl—a gentle and deeply spiritual soul who always looked to help others. At the same time, she was determined, strong and competitive.
Despite my overwhelmingly positive Jewish involvements, choosing a Torah life was the most wrenching decision of my life. I feared the constraints of so many mitzvot, even of losing my individuality. Yet having experienced the compelling truth and joy of this life, I voted for a level of Jewish observance my Cohen grandparents had left in Europe.
“There is, undeniably, something of a crisis in Jewish spirituality today,” wrote the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. How would you define spirituality?
How members of one shul sought to change the way they daven