After weeks of preparation and travel to visit family I returned home with a renewed sense of identity, as a person and as a Jew. My activity has begun to more closely follow my identity.
It's probably not a coincidence I've become aware of what's happening to me during the week of Parsha Lech Lecha. In Hebrew, that phrase means "go, go for you." For me, personally, this year it means "Go for it!"
What a blessing to grow into my connection with my Almighty Father in prayer and in life by beginning to pray in Hebrew. I am using a transliteration of The Shema and The Amida, but the sound of my voice speaking Hebrew is a powerful experience for me.
Rabbi Tovia Singer has said, over and over in his YouTube videos, that any translation of Torah or Hebrew scripture is inaccurate. No words can capture the essence of the original Hebrew. Today I am in complete agreement. And it has only just begun for me!