Jenifer Newmark is a registered veterinary technician, writer, and occasional poet. She was selected as a Wexner Heritage fellow for her native St. Louis, where she lives with her husband and twin sons. Jenifer's work appeared (under Jenifer Wallace) on Fried Chicken and Coffee and Strong Verse, as well as in the Daily Flash 2011: 365 Days of Flash Fiction.
As I grow in the knowledge of my faith, my level of religious observation evolves and deepens. I love discovering the meaning and beauty inherent in the ancient practices of my beloved Judaism, the…practices that nourish my soul. Recently at Shabbat service, however, I found myself altering the way I worship once again. I remained seated throughout the entire service, and did not rise during the parts where the congregation is exhorted to stand: Amidah, the Barchu, or the Mourner’s Kaddish. No, it’s not a matter interpreting the… >> Read More