#BlogElul 5: Know

#BlogElul 2013I realize that the last few days have been a bit of a departure from my usual subject matter. “What gives,” I imagine a reader asking as yet another #BlogElul post shows up in her feed reader or Twitter timeline, “with all this Jewish stuff? I thought this was a military spouse blog.”

I’m afraid I didn’t do a very good job of orienting readers who might be unfamiliar with Judaism to this month’s venture before I leaped right in with the first day’s topic. Most of the people I’ve gotten to know through this blog and my Twitter account are military spouses. The vast majority are not Jewish — unsurprising, since we’re a tiny minority in both the general population and the military world. While I have talked about Jewish stuff on the blog in the past, it was mostly in passing. This business with a Jewish blog post every single day for a whole month must seem like it came out of nowhere.

With that in mind, I have a question for any of my readers who might be a little perplexed by this whole exercise.

What do you want to know?

Do you have a question about Judaism? About our experience as a Jewish military family? Is there something you’ve always wondered about Jews or Judaism, but never felt like you could ask?

Well, here I am. I know some things. What good is knowing something if you can’t share that knowledge with others who want to know things?

For what it’s worth, I’ve answered these kinds of questions before from all kinds of folks. I don’t mind. We’re used to being a bit of a curiosity in the military world, and I’d much rather have people ask questions and learn something than worry that they’re going to offend us.

You can ask your question — big or little, silly or deep — in the comments to this post, on Twitter, or via the form below. If you want to remain anonymous, that’s fine, but you’ll need to at least leave me an email address if you want me to respond privately.

I’m not a rabbi, and I’m not an expert on all Judaism-related topics. I certainly do not claim to represent all Jews. I have a little knowledge (probably just enough to be dangerous, right?) that I would be honored to share with those who wish to expand their own.


#BlogElul, the brainchild of Rabbi Phyllis Sommer, invites participants to chronicle the month leading up to the Jewish High Holy Days through blog posts, photos, and other social media expressions.

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