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Baruch atah, Adonai, Eloheinu, melech ha-olam
Shehecheyanu, vikiy’manu, v’higiyanu, laz’man hazeh.

I am a Jew. This morning, I officially joined the Jewish people.

Nine months ago on YouTube, I found a beautiful interpretation of Judaism’s Shehecheyanu blessing for auspicious occasions sung by cantorial troubadour Caron Dale (actually, a cover of Debbie Friedman‘s Tzvika Pik‘s version of the musical blessing.) It was the last blessing I said this morning in the mikveh waters–the very ones pictured above–the moment that I officially became a Jew.

I’ll blog about the actual experience later, when I’m able to come back down to earth. But for right now, Caron’s recording fits. It fits very well, indeed…

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Michael Thaddeus Doyle

I'm a NYC-native, Latino, Jew-by-choice, hardcore WDW fan in Chicago with an Irish last name. I believe in social justice, big cities, and public transit. I do nonprofit development. I've written this blog since 2005. Believe in the world you want to live in.

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