I am Hannah, a Masorti Jew with more questions than answers. We often refer to the Torah as the ‘tree of life’ and thus I believe that God gave it to us to live with in our time. Yet as I feel we are committed to Halakhah (Jewish law) I also consider that these answers ought to be given within the framework of the Torah. I sometimes disagree or even feel angry with the answers but I enjoy the challenge and honesty.

The name of the blog itself is a tribute to Chaim Potok, of blessed memory, who is my favourite Jewish writer. I just love his books and his characters. My favourite is “The Chosen”. If you have never read anything by Potok, this is a good one to begin with. A close second is “Davita’s Harp” where the heroine is a young Jewish girl who discovers her Jewish roots and heritage and comes to challenge the laws of the community she belongs to.

I am also a feminist, a cook, a movie buff and an avid reader. I also happen to teach English in a high school.

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