Brian D. Johnson is a writer in Madison, Wisconsin and a member of Congregation Shaarei Shamayim.
Brian D. Johnson
By Brian D. Johnson
Is There A Jewish Blessing For Better Sex?
I’m 60 years old and I’m having the best sex of my life. Before you think I’m bragging or just a late bloomer, understand that this blessing of great sex comes from the infinite generosity of Hashem and though my beloved (though the wonders of modern pharmaceuticals may have something to do with it, too)….
What I’ve Learned About Life Preparing Jewish Bodies For Death
It’s a crisp autumn day in Madison, Wisconsin, and I’m running late for a meeting with a dead person. I volunteer with my congregation’s Chevra Kadisha, a group that helps prepare Jewish bodies for burial and ensures that every congregant has company from the moment they’ve passed away until the last clump of dirt covers…
I Circumcised Myself — And Lived To Tell The Tale
As an infant, I was circumcised by my doctor. As an adult, I circumcised myself. After 15 years of attending weekly services and actively participating in most every facet of synagogue life at Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton, California, I finally took the leap of faith and decided to formally convert to Judaism. My rabbi…
What It’s Like To Wear A Big Old Yarmulke In Small-Town America
On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, I decided to wear my kippah full time. It was the day after America elected Trump and I decided I needed to make a religious and political statement to my fellow citizens to make them more sensitive to a minority. So I did. This is what I’ve learned in the…
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