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Musing for Meaning

The Power of Writing

The Power of Writing

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We had just moved back to the States, after nine years of living in Israel, when my job began at Chabad.org. I had felt there was the need for a site by women and for women, and pitched this desire of mine to fortunately welcoming ears. And thus began my position as the editor of TheJewishWoman.org.

I had hoped that the site would reach and inspire women from all walks of life. I had hoped they would find the articles meaningful, stimulating and thought-provoking. And I had hoped that a community would be created where women would feel comfortable sharing and connecting with one another.

I had felt there was the need for a site by women and for womenBut then, something happened beyond my expectations. I started to see how through the power of the written word lives could be changed, transformed, and in some cases, even saved.

I love to write. I think through words, and need to write to digest and express what goes on in my mind and heart. And what a blessing that my job has been to read and work with the words of others. When someone submits a piece, there is such vulnerability and trust that is needed. And I take that very seriously. They have put themselves out there, given me a piece of themselves through their writing, and it is my responsibility to honor and treasure that. I hope I have done so.

I recently wrote a piece about our beloved crossing guard Mr. Bill. Because of the cold, I have been driving my kids to school lately, so I never had a chance to speak to him after giving him the article. The other day, though, I was at the school, and saw him. Not only did he thank me, but he told me that his wife framed the article, and that when he read it, it made him cry. I can’t tell you how much that moved me.

But more than that, it made me realize that we all have so much to say and such powerful words to use. And no matter who you ask, they will tell you that at one point or another they thought about wanting to write something, but didn’t have the time, the energy, the ability or the talent. But we owe it to ourselves and to the rest of the world to write what only we can write. We all have a story, an insight, a perspective like no other. And we all have loved ones in our lives who would love to read and hold on to to the words we choose to express our feelings for them.

This week, in conjunction with the 22nd of the month of Shevat, we celebrate the sixth birthday of TheJewishWoman.org, which was created in memory and honor of the Rebbe’s wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson. She was a woman whose words, actions and deeds impacted and affected all who knew her and all who knew of her. She exemplified the grace and power of the Jewish woman, and so her yahrtzeit became the launch date of the site.

We all have a story, an insight, a perspective like no otherThinking back over the years, I reflect on the thousands of pieces that we have reviewed and published from women across the world, spanning all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Through our words, we have created support, guidance and relationships. Through our words, we have all become better people. And as I sit and write, all I can say is thank you for allowing me the opportunity to write, read and be read. It is a gift unlike any other.

And please, if you have the time to read this article, you have the time to write something, anything, to anyone. Pull out that keyboard or that paper, and just start. Write down what you are grateful for. Write to your mother or father or husband or wife or daughter or son. Write to your best friend. Write to yourself. Just write!


Sara Esther Crispe, a writer, inspirational speaker and mother of four, is the Co-Director of Interinclusion, a non-profit multi-layered educational initiative celebrating the convergence between contemporary arts and sciences and timeless Jewish wisdom. Prior to that she was the editor of TheJewishWoman.org and wrote the popular weekly blog, Musing for Meaning. To book Sara Esther for a speaking engagement, please click here.
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March 27, 2014
THE POWER OF WRITING
A wonderful article. You come across with insightfulness and thought provoking and positive impact.
SORA
January 20, 2014
To Lynn, Havertown, Pa.
You have a very special birthday and, through that, a special connection with the Rebbetzin. I incourage you to deepen that bond through tangible deeds that make her proud.
Anonymous
NY
October 5, 2013
The Power of Writing
Very deep article! Goes in depth, explores, and sums up the true basis for all writing that is expressive and comes from the heart.
Puddytat
March 26, 2012
Thank You
I have always wanted to write and have never felt I had the talent. I could write a business report but I wanted to write more. I live far from any Jewish community and thru Chabad keep in touch with the Jewish community. Thank you for that, I contribute when I can. But I feel now is the time to start that journal of thoughts. Even if it is only one or two a day. I only wish I could participate in one, any one, of your classes. Please, please, please keep writing for us. G-d bless.
Debra
Chester-le-Street, UK
February 16, 2012
Kol Hakavod
Kudos to you SEC! And also thanks for the remind to ME - "The Writer who doesn't WRITE" - to write at last!
Brocha Chana Metzger
New York, NY
February 14, 2012
Inspiration v Procrastination
Thank you for an inspiring article. Having read it I feel inspired to tap out these few words on the keyboard before procrastination gets the better of.......
R Bell
Leeds, England
February 13, 2012
Mazal Tov on the 6th year!
Since the first time I heard you speak, about the heart, till now, I have enjoyed your writing, your classes and your friendship.
Since my Hebrew Birthday is also on the 22nd of Shevat, I will give you a blessing for many more meaningful years to continue your mission!

Lynn
lynn
Havertown, Pa.
February 13, 2012
written word
Nice!
esther
Seattle, WA
February 13, 2012
Sara Esther
This is powerful and very moving.
Kol hakavod
Your fan in Sydney
Shternie
Anonymous
Sydney, Australia
February 12, 2012
Thank u!
That was an awesome article! I often feel like I want to write but I am so intimidated to even start. I have a story, like everyone else, and I would love to share it. Maybe this article is exactly what I needed to read. Thank u! I love reading your articles and others on the site! Such an important site!
Maya
West Hempstead, Ny
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Every situation we find ourselves in is a lesson waiting to be learned. That is what this blog is about. From the people I meet, the places I go and the experiences I have, stories emerge, each teaching me something that I hope you will find useful for your life as well.
Sara Esther CrispeSara Esther Crispe, a writer, inspirational speaker and mother of four, is the Co-Director of Interinclusion, a non-profit multi-layered educational initiative celebrating the convergence between contemporary arts and sciences and timeless Jewish wisdom. Prior to that she was the editor of TheJewishWoman.org and wrote the popular weekly blog, Musing for Meaning. To book Sara Esther for a speaking engagement, please click here.
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