I’m known by my family to have immense faith in G!d. I have been through trials in my life and rarely do I feel the holy roller, Lord of the movies visiting me from up above. But I do see daily reminders that Hashem is all around us, taught to me in social work school as horizontal spirituality. Many great thinkers have considered this concept, that spirituality is not just a high heavens, shining light type of experience. It is also in the day-to-day moments of our lives, if we’re only willing to pay attention.
E. was late, even though we had confirmed just an hour before. I did not have her number and my poor, old, phone doesn’t have the space for Facebook Messenger. While waiting, V. showed up. We talked about life and Jerusalem and the man in the White House. And then she mentioned E.
me: ‘My E.? You know my E.?’
V: ‘Yes! I’m learning with her in an hour.’
So V. texts E. and while waiting to hear back, I see a President walk in the door. No, not DJT but SJT. Former President at GW, King of all Shmoozers, Nice Jewish Boy out of Brooklyn. And because he has nowhere to be until 1, he pulls up a chair at the table.
Finally E. arrives, out of breath, pondering a roommate who has just thrown up on her bed. And we talk – about drinking things other than coffee at 10am, about challenging conversations, about Senator Franken and Alabama and sexual assault. And then we’re soon joined by Y. because by now, it’s time to learn. Our fortuitous 5 person coffee date is transitioning to Torah. Torah learned and initiated by students, for students; this is a Hillel Director’s dream.
Holiness and the layers of our lives are ever present. But sometimes, we’re too busy on our stated paths to get lost on the paths that we’re presented with – blessedly, unexpectedly, on a daily basis.
What conversation did you miss because you were too busy with another conversation? What layers of your life are ready, willing, and able to teach you something about holiness?