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November 26, 2011
January 5, 2012 7:58 PM
I was born in Montreal, Canada but lived in Indianapolis from infancy through high school, the marvelous Shortridge High School, when I moved to Los Angeles to live and attend college. I am delighted to hear about the activities in the Jewish community in Indianapollis!
December 1, 2011 6:04 PM
Lori, you are doing a great job in getting women to learn and share the beauty of Israel and our faith. I am turning 65 and have worked within the Jewish community for most of my life. A few years after moving from NY to Charlotte, NC I became involved in fighting Christian evangelical missionaries. They seek to convert Jews through the lie that you can believe in Jesus (they say Yehoshua) and still be a practicing Jew. I receive help from jews for hudaism but have a very hard time getting Jews in my area to help educate about and expose the multitude of messianic "Jewish" groups here. Perhaps you have some suggestions. Thank you.
November 29, 2011 11:59 PM
Lori, you are an inspiration. I never aspired to being a leader, but you make me want to get up and start a soul train (I live in a very orthodox area though). Keep up the great work. Hatzlocho Rabba.
November 29, 2011 5:31 PM
Lubbock is off the map
What about Lubbock, TX? Why does everyone abandon it? Chabad, your organizations, etc. etc. Guess everyone beleives that there are not enough Jews and woe, the Jews here slowly sink into the quicksand of xtian ideals, paradigms, and definitions.
November 29, 2011 2:30 PM
I've never been to Israel, I'm going to be 58
I live in Philadelphia and go the Orthodox shuls where I went before I had to move due my housing situation. I am now in Public Housing in a neighborhood to far to walk. I attend Shabbos by staying with friends overnight. I have a fixed income and cannot afford to go tho Israel on my own.
November 29, 2011 1:02 PM
It's interesting, but in my Diary, the word Indiana came up recently in connection with Indiana Jones and, The Ark of the Covenant.
I think it's wonderful for women to have an opportunity to visit Israel, to experience the country, because I know the Bible comes alive in Israel, in astounding ways.
As to being frum, as to following "rules" that are Orthodox, I feel we're all in this together, and as far as G_d is concerned, there is no one way, and that we need, as many rabbis have expounded, both male and women, to celebrate diversity, meaning diversity around the world in ways of worship. We all of us, all humanity have "sparks", that Divine spark. It's a great story about putting the humanity back into man "kind".
I think something IS happening in the hear and the here and now. And I think this something is going to bring the world to its knees.
I just happen to see a light touch, of humor in all this, as truly Indiana, was just part of my Diary, in a different but maybe, same way. Time will tell. It is said time heals all wound. And time surely wounds all heels, and we're walking through a story, that's going to take us all HOME.
November 28, 2011 12:30 AM
Women are so important for the future of the Jewish people
As a young BT man, I've seen this firsthand in others in my community: When the Women become observant, the husband and kids come along for this beautiful amazing ride. You're doing a huge Kiddush Hashem!!! Go Lori Go!!!
November 28, 2011 5:52 PM
Reply to AMD
As a recent baal teshuva married woman, I am still awaiting the gift of the amazing ride. My loving husband of 23 years and son in University do not want to ride with me. In fact, they prefer not to be in the same "Amusement Park" as I am. I keep saying, Shalom Bai's over and over. The fighting was not ik in my case. I won control over the Kashrut of the house which was a majopr coo.!
Have a great day to all.
December 4, 2011 2:06 AM
I wish you all the best, SharonES
There's no doubt it takes time from what I've seen. Stay strong, there are lot of people who have been there too! Sounds like you should get in touch with Lori!!!!
December 4, 2011 3:40 AM
Love, Patience, Tolerance, and not trying to Control Others can Solve all Disputes
I am sorry at the situation that is plaguing you. Becoming a baal teshuva can be difficult (but always amazing!) for you; but it's hardest for those around you. People may feel that you've abandoned them, that you've left them for a new world. That you're not the same person you used to be.
But through love and patience, that can change, and it can simply become a matter of fact that you are Orthodox. Trying to control their behavior, how they eat, and what they do can be the worst thing possible for you to do. You won't help anyone by this. Tell your family, "I understand that you have different beliefs and practices than me, and that's great, I have no desire to change that, and I'll always love and accept you no matter what. But this is really important to me and I really need your support in this. I won't ask you to change your beliefs nor behaviors, but can you please support me emotionally, just the way I support you in your religious pursuits, even though I don't agree with them (make sure to actually do that before saying this!)?"
There's an audio by the same woman who did this video that you may find helpful. Here's the link: http://www.aishaudio.com/filelink.php?sid=t5833772115o0na&icontype=s&fid=11075&bw=high&lnk=s&filefree=1&sid=t5833772115o0na
November 27, 2011 7:37 PM
I really get happy when I hear that people are doing kiruv. I am really happy you succeeded and I hope you will inspire many more people to get closer to hashem and Eretz Israel.
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