A Love Affair with Torah
At the turn of the millennium, in 2001, I fell in love—with the Torah. Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield (of blessed memory) showed me how to find deeper meanings beneath the Hebrew sentences, and I discovered a new world.
Being a writer, I had to record my inspirations. First I began writing and delivering Torah monologues, first-person stories imagining what the characters in the Hebrew Bible were thinking. Then I learned Biblical Hebrew so I could find out what might be going on behind the English translations. I discovered that I love translating the Torah, as well as researching Torah commentary, so in 2009 I started writing my blog, “Torahsparks”. Every week I post an essay sharing my own insights about the weekly Torah portion.
In January of 2012, I completed a two-year training program and became a maggidah, a professional Jewish storyteller, speaker, and preacher. Naturally I have also been teaching, both Torah study and workshops on doing creative Torah interpretations. After all, the Hebrew word torah means “teaching”.
What a blessing to spend so much of my time doing work I love!
In my free time, I play board games with my husband, re-landscape our yard, draw house plans, and read novels. Next year I hope to get back to writing novels—both finishing the fantasy trilogy I wrote years ago, and finally writing a novel about the life of Moses’ wife, Tzipporah. I’m bursting with ideas for it!