I had chosen Uman as the last in a trio of pilgrimages I had undertaken for a book about purpose and restlessness. As it happens, my father is a rabbi, but I’d asked him along not for the religious fit — he is, after all, a Reform rabbi, not a Hasid — but because the journey seemed like an apt occasion to get some clarity on his story, and some personal purchase on the topic I was trying to write about. To my surprise, he’d agreed to come…
We sat on our bags and waited for our Aeroflot flight toKievviaMoscow.Moscowis not technically en route toKievfrom pretty much anywhere but the North Pole, but my dad was a Russian major in college and said he’d always wanted to fly Aeroflot, so here we were.
Gideon Lewis-Kraus shares stories of pilgrimage in the latest issue of T Magazine. His book A SENSE OF DIRECTION: A Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful will be published in May.
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