Stop telling me how Jewish I am
I am Jewish, I'm raising my son in Judaism's wonderful embrace. I've never formally converted because I have yet to find a great reconstruction rabbi within an hour drive of the last two states I have lived in. Sometimes I tell myself I'm too busy or something comes up and I don't engage in tradition enough. But every time that I connect back to my faith I feel enriched, whole and at home.
People never cease to amaze me at how rude, ignorant and distasteful they can be. They also sometimes surprise us all at how interconnected and loving they can be.
Read stories and share the meaning behind them. Discuss everything. I talk about the bad and the good and never try to gloss over real issues with some of the stories of historical barbary.
Light the shabbat candles. My son helps me light the candles and is just starting to be interested in covering his eyes as we recite our blessings over the lit candles.
Talk about the modern ways Judaism effects us. I believe faith is alive and ever changing and growing. I share these values with my son. We should never take anything at extreme face value and allow dogma to drag us down. I try to help my son see that we should all rise ourselves higher in our study and thought of the torah and g-d.