Of all of the projects I’ve worked on over the past year, none has been as frustrating or more rewarding than The Jewish Daily Dose — a project I developed with Rabbi Meir Kaplan of Chabad Vancouver Island.
Designed to offer Jewish children a daily smattering of Jewish education no matter where they live, each week offers a little bit of insight into the men and women who, over the course of thousands of years, have dedicated and sometimes even sacrificed their lives to ensure that the Jewish people and their traditions would carry on.
As a writer, it was a chance to give back to the community that has welcomed me with open arms, offering education, friendship, and perhaps most importantly, free coffee. As a Noahide (a gentile who abides by the Seven Laws of Noah and studies Torah and Talmud under the guidance of a Rabbi), it was an opportunity to learn a little more about a faith and a people that I admire so much, and be frequently confounded by Hebrew words I’d never seen before.
Initially, we had planned to do 30 lessons all in one go and bind them into a booklets for the kids and their parents to read at home during the week. Unfortunately, my work schedule got the best of me, and buried under a ton of assignments, I was only able to manage a semester’s worth of lessons for the deadline we had set. I’m planning to complete the second half of the project for this December, and can’t wait to get to work.
… just as soon as I finish off the rest of the freelance work that’s been beating me around the head of late.