Jul 5, 2021Liked by Nellie Bowles

I relate so much to this. I *hated* getting dressed up on Sundays to go to church growing up. The first thing I’d do when I got home was put on play clothes and go get dirty in a tree or mud puddle.

I’ve been doing some meditations out of a book I got from a rabbi called The Busy Soul. Today’s was a quote from Pirkei Avot 2:4. Do not separate yourself from the community. Covid has made complacency quite convenient for me. I am grateful to attend zoom minyan, but I wish I could show up in person after work. Would it be ok to show up in my grimy work clothes?

I often wonder if more people would show up to synagogue on Saturdays if allowed to wear jeans and a T-shirt. The inertia I have to overcome by putting on a pair of slacks an non-tennis shoes. Oy. I’m embarrassed. I also need to upload my vaccination card to not have to mask up at services. Excuses, excuses.

Thank you for this post. It reminds me to get over myself, put on the damn slacks, and show up to shul.

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Jul 2, 2021Liked by Nellie Bowles

[A short reply for a short day at the blog] I can't believe Judaism has a na'aseh v’nishma—we will do and then we will understand. AA has one too, but I can't recall the saying. More importantly, showing up. No number of visits or zooms takes the place of being with people in your life on a regular basis. Sharing a life, not sharing visits. Obviously we will have both, which is fine. People will go out into the world to make a life. But most folks have only the visit/zoom life. This just ain't fine.

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