I'm going to try and enter every Hebrew date in this blog every day to raise my consciousness of the Hebrew calendar. . . . In general, I want to try and use the blog to help me raise my consciousness about different aspects of my spiritual life. . . To, in effect, turn the blog into a spiritual practice. . . . a tool -- along with תפילה and תלמוד תורה and גמילות חסידים, etc. -- to build my spiritual life. . . . and my rabbinic growth. . . . and growth as a chaplain. . . . . . I think that one of the reasons I've been thinking of starting a blog has _nothing_ directly to do with people reading it. . . . Rather/אלא, it's about finding a form of _self-discipline_ that works for me. . . . . There's something about using a form where there's even the mere _possiblity_ that someone might read it, that helps me approach the task with a greater degree of discipline. . . . So, I'm hoping to take some things where I've been seeking greater to develop greater discipline and move them into the blog. . . . make them regular features of the blog. . . . and thus make them regular features of my life (spiritual and otherwise).
Parsaht נוח this Shabbat. . . one of the true greats!!!! . . . Shabbat's getting earlier, it comes in at only 5:50. . . . It always amazes me to think of how many foundational stories are packed into some of these parshiot. . . . Just the fact that the story of the Flood/מבול and the story of the Tower of Bavel (מגדל בבל) are in the same parsha . . . amazing..