“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 homeschooling followed by DC public high schools; both now live on the West Coast.
She is active in the Jewish community, advocating for cross-denominational understanding and cooperation. Years back, she helped coordinate the Washington Chapter of the AJC’s Women’s Interdenominational Leadership Dialogue and directed the local, cross-community Jewish Study Center. Much of her current Jewish studies are focused on this blog’s #ExploringBabylon project.
Spatz contributes irregularly to East of the River and The Education Town Hall. Her writing has also appeared in other 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. More Publications.
She manages the “We Luv Books” website and serves as project manager for Charnice Milton Community Bookstore, housed at We Act Radio in DC’s Historic Anacostia neighborhood.