It's been two years since I made my first post to this blog. In that time, I've learned a lot about Judaism and the Jewish community:
I've learned that many things in the Jewish community are not black-and-white -- as I once thought they were.
I've learned that there are others like me who have questions and concerns about textual literalism, science and hashkafah, the expertise (and lack of it in certain areas) of our Sages (Chazal) and the direction that some segments of the Jewish community have taken.
I've learned that there is, in fact, a wide range of opinion on issues within the Jewish community and that it's not always "my way or the highway."
I've learned that Jews don't have to fit a certain mold to be good Jews; that all people, no matter their level of observance, have good qualities and bad qualities, and that Chazal were dead-on correct when they said that you *can* learn something from everyone -- regardless of their level of observance and learning.
It's been a quite a journey -- I've enjoyed every moment of writing this blog, and hope to continue to do so for many more years to come. I can honestly say that this blog has changed me -- and I do believe I have been changed for the better.
I want to say thank you to everyone who has read my posts, to everyone who has commented and everyone who has referred me to others. Thank you for the comments, for the private emails, for the advice, the criticism (yes, even the biting criticism from you, Mis-nagid!) and the encouragement.
Lastly, I want to thank Eeees for being there for me all the time. She has provided valuable insight and material for this blog and it would have been very difficult, if not impossible, to do this without her insight or support. Thank you dear, for everything you do for me.