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At age 12, on Rosh HaShanah, I stood on stage, a leader of the kids’ service, a small Torah cradled in my arms, and thought: this is where I want to be forever. At age 19, I left organized religion because of its outrageous sexism, only to return a decade and a half later through alternative Jewish worship and text study. At 45 (the right age for such things) I briefly considered becoming a rabbi. In the handful of years since I’ve turned 50, I’ve thought A LOT about Torah — and written well over 50 poems inspired by the original, unexpurgated, text. At age 54 I got a tattoo, in Hebrew, of the word truth (“emet“) on my right forearm. Truth is something I’ve wondered about all along and on a regular basis. And there you have it. Or you will, if you keep reading the blog.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce Solomon permalink
    09/02/2009 9:31 pm

    Wow, fascinating. I can’t wait to read more!

  2. 10/12/2009 3:20 pm

    Yesher Koach!

  3. Alan Zoldan permalink
    11/12/2009 11:39 am

    I would like to follow you, but I don’t use RSS.
    Is there any way I could receive email updates?

    • sue swartz permalink*
      11/12/2009 2:56 pm

      Yes, and you’re not the first person who’s asked. I am now starting an email update for all you non-RSS folks. Thanks for asking!

  4. 01/28/2010 12:37 pm

    Found your spunky blog through SheWrites. I love it! Keep on wrestling…Another Sue…

  5. MJ Rosenberg permalink
    03/26/2010 4:20 pm

    Thanks! You made my day.

  6. Carolyn Suniga permalink
    09/05/2010 8:11 am

    Thank you for allowing me to read and enjoy your thoughts and poems.

    • sue swartz permalink*
      09/05/2010 11:15 am

      You’re welcome! I love adding new readers to the community. If you subscribe (hint, hint), you can be part of the happenings every week.

  7. Dan Mendelsohn Aviv permalink
    06/21/2011 9:10 pm

    I am writing about Jewish bloggers and, if you are agreeable, I would like to conduct an exchange/interview via email about your blogging and the place/role/status of explicitly Jewish blogging in the present moment.

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