Judy's MIRTH & MEANING BLOG
(This article—my first for the Wall Street Journal—was published there on October 12, 2013.)
I belong to a small studio-style gym in West Hollywood designed with exquisite attention to feel-good sensitivity. The studio describes itself as “affirmatively productive, positive and helpful” on its website. “Our clients are given all the tools necessary for personal transformation. Spread love!”
When I stepped out into my backyard the other morning, I had a rude shock: a man was digging a trench that cut a diagonal swath from one side of the house all the way across the yard to my office, formerly known as the garage. True, I had hired a handyman, Paul, to “fix a few things” around the house, but this digging business was a real head-scratcher.
Ken, relieved to finally be back on home turf.
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but our dog, Ken, has proven the old saw wrong. At a seasoned 12 years old, Ken achieved the unprecedented feat of staying in a kennel without having a nervous breakdown.
The news hit me as painfully as the stiletto heel that accidentally ground into my foot when I danced the hora at a wedding last week: Our favorite shoe emporium, roughly the size of the Pentagon, had closed, another fatality in “real live” shopping opportunities. I ran to break the news to my teenaged daughter. We stopped to bow our heads in a moment of silence. My batch of 10-dollar off coupons for the store were now just forlorn bits of paper, suitable only for recycling.
(Because of the Jewish High Holidays, I wanted to share an essay that I felt was particularly pertinent to this time of year, a time when the potential for spiritual renewal is great and almost palpable. Of all the hundreds of essays I have written over the years, this one, adapted from a version that was originally published on Aish.com, is especially meaningful to me. I hope you enjoy it.)
Shortly after my bat mitzvah, I decided it was time to get a better handle on God. Did He really exist? If so, did He call the shots down here on Earth, and in particular, in my own life?
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