When I took a new Hebrew name, part of that whole thing was finding a way to be ME - look like me, act like me, talk like me - and still be committed to halacha. These things go together. I don't have to dress overtly frum to be a modern, observant Jew. It is not a detraction from my Judaism. It is coming to my Judaism more authentically.
Anyway, that was not the purpose of this blog entry; it was just a side note. While I am on side notes, we are getting ready for the next renovation to make our house one step closer to being ready for sale...and when that happens, the dilemma below will no longer be a concern because the idea is to move somewhere IN the community and also be one step closer to being a Shabbos-observant walker.
One issue that comes up repeatedly at our home is what to do on Shabbos! With no Jewish neighbors, and no kids in the neighborhood that our children play with for that matter, there isn't a whole lot to do on Shabbat. We usually hang around shul for quite a while, being one of the last families to leave. Now what? No where to walk. Nothing to do.
Recently, I found these activity books that contain large faces with a series of stickers of eyes, noses, jewelry, headbands, etc. to stick on the faces to make a person. They are kind of fun! My question is this: Are these permissible on Shabbat? And while I am asking questions...beyond the usual napping and playing board games...what does your family do on Shabbat to beat the boredom when community is far away?