Question:

I was raised Jewish, had a Bat Mitzvah, and over the years kind of got torn away from my faith. I am the single mother of several children and I have recently been diagnosed with a debilitating disease. I would like to explore my spirituality again and introduce my children into Judaism. Is this a wise choice at this moment, and how can I go about regaining my spirituality?

Answer:

I cannot imagine a wiser choice on your part, at a time when you clearly need G‑d and community in your life. You may have drifted from Jewish practice, but faith is something that is innate within every Jewish soul, and it is your faith that is actually calling out to you to rediscover the heritage that is yours.

You've already taken a very good first step. (And now, a word from the sponsor… but seriously) Chabad.org is a great place to start your voyage of Jewish re-discovery. You can also get set up with a one-on-one learn-by-phone situation through JNet.

It's also a good idea – scratch that, it's more than a good idea, it's vitally important – to have a flesh-and-blood teacher and guide, and to be part of a Jewish community. Plus, your children should definitely be exposed to real live Judaism as well. Visit your local Chabad House, where you are sure to find a warm rabbi and rebbetzin team who will facilitate your spiritual journey.

(Not to change the topic, but I hope that you are obtaining proper medical care! Take care of yourself—not only for your own sake, but for the sake of the children who depend on you.)

Chaya Sarah Silberberg,
Chabad.org