Right…So how about some content?
I’ll state my biases upfront, since honesty truly is the best policy: I have a Canucks game to watch and so real content isn’t going to appear here just yet. But to give you a taste, here is an abridged version of the story of why What I Believe In (WIBI) exists:
I spent the last four months of my life living in Jerusalem studying at Pardes, where I documented my thoughts consistently for the first time in any sort of public way. I blogged with New Voices on a weekly basis, I wrote occasionally for the Pardes blog and I wrote a more personal group e-mail which was my primary means of connecting to people back home. Early on in that process, it became clear that a ‘real’ blog was the natural progression once I returned home.
To give a little bit more of an idea of what I will be talking about, here are the parameters I was writing under for New Voices: I wrote about “Jewish/Religious Identity, the meaning the land of Israel is given in Judaism, and my philosophical problems with both.” I will share, in one form or another, my New Voices posts at some point. Of course, that only really touches on the Israel-specific side of things, and I do plan on looking at a broader range of topics. Two specific projects that I plan on making a reality on this blog, also stemming from my time at Pardes are a weekly haiku on the parshat ha’shavua (weekly Torah portion) and an end-of-book list of thoughts and reflections as I finish reading through each of the five books of the Torah (more on that later). I also hope to post a weekly collection of meaningful and thought-provoking articles that I have come across.
Now all I have to do is live up to all these expectations and blog with as much regularity as I hope to!
Until then, my Canucks have a chance to make it 16-in-a-row unbeaten in regulation.