I'm starting the blogging year off with...ten days of very little blogging!
As regular readers know, every January I go to the annual meeting of Ohalah, the Renewal rabbinic association, which is preceded by a student Shabbaton (weekend retreat). This year I'm beginning ALEPH's three-year training program in Hashpa'ah (spiritual direction), which will kick off with three days of classes before the Shabbaton. The long and the short of it is, I'm off to Boulder today to spend a delicious ten days learning, schmoozing, davening, and connecting with the students and teachers who make up my community.
The ALEPH student community meets twice a year for residency periods, but I missed our summer 2008 students' week because I was in Jerusalem. I did see a handful of my classmates there, which was wonderful, but I missed being with the rest of my colleagues and friends. I haven't seen most of them since last year's Ohalah drew to a close, and I've been missing everyone tremendously. As wonderful as teleclasses and phone calls and emails and and Skype hevruta are, none is quite the same as seeing people in person.
So my blogging is likely to be relatively low-volume until later this month when I get home again. I look forward to seeing some of you in Colorado, and the rest of you online when I am home again!