By Merle Feld

Contains new and up-to-date fabric, in addition to a readers' consultant with questions for writing and chat groups. The revised variation of this loved vintage incorporates a readers' and writers' advisor to facilitate publication workforce conversations and casual grownup schooling, and in addition deals activates for private journaling exploration. Merle Feld's emotionally strong prose and hugely available poetry open the hearts of readers of every age and spiritual persuasions who're touring during the cycle of existence and sharing within the look for which means.

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When I say Shabbat in this context, I don’t mean the entire twentyfive hour period from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. I really mean Friday night. 44 BEGINNING AGAIN In a sense preparation for Shabbat begins whenever I call guests to invite them for dinner, that could be a week or two ahead, perhaps only a few days ahead. The actual work begins though when I bake the challah. I started baking my own challah in 1969 as a bride living in a small town in central Illinois which had no kosher bakery, the only available bread being supermarket loaves all of which boasted “animal fat” in the list of ingredients, a shortening which rendered them not kosher.

I light the candles, I cover my eyes, and there in the quiet darkness I enter a world where blessings are available, where blessings flow, and one by one I call up the faces of those people who are most precious to me and the faces of those whose silent presence surrounds me in the darkened room. I allow blessing to flow through me and to wash over each beloved soul in turn. Finally, I invoke the power of blessing on my own behalf, then I chant the Hebrew words which sanctify the fire of the candles and I open my eyes to enter the spirit home I have labored to create.

H 16 h h BEGINNINGS In my senior year of college the Hillel director acquired a new crop of rabbinical students as assistants. Every year several seniors from the Jewish Theological Seminary (the New York institution which trains and ordains Conservative rabbis) came to work as interns at Hillel. Mostly these young men—in those days they were all men—were already married; this year one of them was single: an intense, intellectually keen 24-year-old redhead. What began as a friendship budded into a romance.

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