“Rabbi Akiva said: ‘Chant it every day, Chant it every day.'” (San 99b)
What is piety? “A song every day, a song every day.” Every morning we begin with a prayer: “Make sweet, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, the words of Thy Torah in our mouth.”
There is a fountain in a sacred deed. It plays an eternal tune to the soul that washes its own wilderness away. — Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism
Virginia Avniel Spatz, a native of Chicago, lives and writes in Washington, DC.
Spatz has lived with her husband, Cary O’Brien, in what is now known as the Hill East neighborhood of the District for close to thirty years. They have two children, graduates of DC public high schools.
She is active in the Jewish community, advocating for cross-denominational understanding and cooperation. She helped coordinate the Washington Chapter of the AJC’s Women’s Interdenominational Leadership Dialogue and directed the local, cross-community Jewish Study Center for several years.
Spatz participates regularly in The Education Town Hall on We Act Radio and contributes to East of the River and publications. Her writing has also appeared in local and national periodicals and in the book, All the Women Followed Her: A Collection of Writings on Miriam the Prophet & The Women of Exodus.
She also worked in adult and continuing education at Gallaudet University and has an abiding interest in Deaf culture. Other passions include alternative education, including homeschooling, public libraries and independent booksellers.