Finding the Divine

By Leah Wolff-Pellingra

Leah believes that the future of Jewish education beings when we give our students permission to seek their own answers.

Every person finds the Divine in his or her own way. Each of us must struggle and strive to find our path. Truly, we are Israel: the ones who wrestle with God.

As a cantorial soloist and educator, it is my privilege and joy to share my path with others. I invite my students to question and to seek answers by showing them that I do the same. I work to give them tools that they can use throughout their lives. Their journeys to their own relationships with God do not end when they leave our schools. They will do as we do, finding their own paths throughout their lives. When we create joyful Jewish memories, when we give our students permission to question and to “wrestle” while they are young. We give them the strength to find their own way.

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