Breaking Free 

“Bernice.” My violin teacher said, stopping me while playing in the middle of my lesson. “You need to realize something. You are no longer a beginner or even an intermediate player. You are very advanced. Therefore, you need to learn to practice like an advanced player. The way you practice has always worked for you, … More Breaking Free 

Praying for Faith

“Do you know the Rambam?” My Israeli friend texts me. “Of course!” I reply. (Side Note: Rambam is an acronym for Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Rabbeinu Moshe Ben Maimon,” or “Our rabbi /teacher Moses Son of Maimon), and Latinized as Moses Maimonides. He was a preeminent medieval Sephardic Jewish philosopher and astronomer, and  became one … More Praying for Faith

Being Hurt

A few days ago, I heard someone very close to me say something rather insulting towards me under her breath. She quietly mumbled it before raising her voice again and answering whatever question it was I was asking her. But of course by then, the damage had been done and I could barely register what … More Being Hurt