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Our First Christmas in the Holy Land
The Condition of Black America: Explained to an Orthodox Jew

  By Adrainne Gray This young, unmarried Orthodox Jewish woman curiously stopped us on the streets during Yom Kippur when the streets are closed off to traffic and Jews go between home and synagogue praying all day for repentance of

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The Gate to Tel Aviv

We approach gate 41 to Tel Aviv and the sight of yarmulkes, black flat brimmed hats and shin-length skirts grab my attention before I truly notice the gate number. I smile and quietly tell Ben, “I think this is our gate.” Gate

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I Don’t Belong

By Adrainne Gray After a late night flight from Chicago, we take an Uber from the airport to our empty house in Atlanta. We arrive at our house, a cathedral without its members. The invisible waves of chants and prayers

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The Transition

By Adrainne Gray Transitioning is the time between one country and the next. I am happy to say, after unforeseen delays, our visas have finally been approved by the Israeli Ministry of Interior. We are scheduled to depart August 9.

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Learn About the Lutheran Church in the Holy Land, Fast

  [View the story “ELCJHL” on Storify]  

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Alchemy

Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery here in Atlanta features guest writers periodically in its publication Eyedrum Periodically. The publication’s 9th issue is themed: Alchemy – how we change, how we grow, how we question what we know and don’t know

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Seminary: Losing Jesus

Today is the final day in my seminary career. Two years and one semester ago, I reluctantly applied to seminary. I often quoted Acts 4:13 to support my argument against going: When they saw the courage of Peter and John and

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Blessed in the Dark Places

  During Advent, I love belting out Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah as our young acolyte solemnly lights one of the four blue candles in our church’s Advent wreath. “Light one candle to watch for Messiah: let the light banish

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Letting Go of Homeschool

In 2011 I ended a blog with these words: “There may be a time for worksheets and drills, but for Sweet Pea, it isn’t now.” Through tears, prayer, hours of meditation, and confirmation from our community, the time has come

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