Typically, when someone writes me a “thank you note” they do it in a sentence or two, thanks for making me laugh and so on. Appreciation is nice, but it’s even nicer and more inspiring when they tell me why I’ve made their lives better, makes me feel like I’m actually doing something with this whole blogging thing. I received this note over facebook the other day and it made me feel real good.
I wanted to write you to thank you for writing such a phenomenal blog. I hope that you continue to do so for a long time to come.
Why do I write this? Well, I have been learning about Judaism for a long time, almost 10 years. My process of becoming religious was very gradual. Most kiruv organizations and Rabbis make me want to vomit. Your blog inspired me, and made me feel that there can be a place for me within Orthodoxy. Kiruv organizations paint Orthodox Judaism as one black and white structure where everybody thinks and acts the same. Your blog showed me that not all Orthodox Jews are alike, and that you can be different, skeptical, critical and still be religious. After all, if Heshy can be religious and clearly not fit in one narrow box, then so can I, right? Your blog is fantastic entertainment. However, I believe you are also doing a significant service to the Jewish world. While there is clearly a place for Aish, there also needs to be a place for people like you, who seem to be doing indirect, unintended, authentic and honest kiruv.