a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Mitzvah Update!

Posted on: November 23, 2011

 I am, indeed, back from a wonderful tour of Israel.  I’ve had several people ask me when I’m going to post about it.  I will post when I can articulate everything that I am feeling.  Don’t misread, I had an amazing time.  I can only say that I absolutely love Israel, specifically the Negev and Jerusalem.  I actually cried as I left the Old City on my last day in Israel and once again when my plane landed in Newark.  There is no doubt that I will be back, I hope very soon. 

Of course, it being Israel there are a lot of complicated feelings that I can’t quite articulate very well just yet.  It’s Thanksgiving weekend and I have so much to be thankful for.  My time in Israel, my loving girlfriend, my family who supports me, the new friends that I’ve made, and my readers.  You folks never cease to surprise and delight me.  While I was in Israel I received about three e-mails from knitters and crocheters interested in helping out with my Mitzvah Project.  One of the trip participants sent me home with a beautifully knitted scarf he recently finished and two others offered to send some scarves my way as well.  YOU still have time to dust off those knitting needles or that crochet hook to knit a scarf (or two or three) for Chanukkah.  While you’re sitting on the couch watching football, keep your hands busy by knitting!  I will send out my address on an individual basis after the holiday.  In the meantime if you, or anyone you know, would like to get involved, please let me know.  I’m looking for handmade scarves (or hats or gloves) to deliver to some folks in need this Chanukkah season. 

After Thanksgiving, I promise to write about Israel.  Happy  Thanksgiving to all, while stuffing ourselves silly with food, let’s try to remember the people in our communities who go with out.


If you’d like to donate a hand-knit scarf, hat, gloves please e-mail me blackgayandjewish@gmail.com

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