Here’s Why I Don’t Go to Shul (25-Minute Podcast)

Here’s Why I Don’t Go to Shul (25-Minute Podcast)

Last week, I was interviewed for Deracheha.org about my unconventional approach to prayer. Deracheha.org is a new site, initiated by Yeshivat Har Etsion, dedicated to exploring the topic of women and mitzvot. I think my interviewer Rachel Weber Leshaw did a fantastic job, prompting me with her great questions to speak out publicly for the […]

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My Internet Problem

My Internet Problem

For a few months now, my internet’s been turning off and on. Around 10 times on a good day, 20 on a less-good day. But it doesn’t bother me so much. I just refresh the page a few times. And then, if that doesn’t work, I run the windows diagnostic thingamajig. Or restart my modem. […]

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Finding God on the Trans-Siberian Railroad

Finding God on the Trans-Siberian Railroad

Today, I attended a class on the month of Kislev. About the transformative light that can be found in this darkest of months. On the bus home, I sat next to a woman named Tsippora who had also been at the class. Tsippora spoke Yiddish and dressed like she had been born in Mea Shearim. […]

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After Divorce, will Noa Trade in Her Scarf for a Sheitl? (4-Minute Video)

After Divorce, will Noa Trade in Her Scarf for a Sheitl? (4-Minute Video)

I found this episode of Yes Man so powerful, hearing newly divorced Noa Yaron Dayan reflecting on what her beloved headscarf meant to her over the course of her 20 years of marriage, and what it represents to her now that she is divorced. My daughter and I watched this together on Saturday night, and […]

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The Secular Bride’s Chuppat Niddah by Rabbi Shai Naveh

The Secular Bride’s Chuppat Niddah by Rabbi Shai Naveh

The name of the groom, whose wedding I would be officiating at in an hour, popped up on my telephone display. “Hey Gai, what’s up? Excited?” “Rabbi, Keren and I are waiting for you, when will you get here?” I didn’t understand why they were nervous, we’d decided that I would arrive twenty minutes before […]

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Funny Questions Our Non-Jewish Guests Ask Us

Funny Questions Our Non-Jewish Guests Ask Us

I’ve told you before that my husband and I host a lot of non-Jewish tourists (www.chefrabbijosh.com) who come to our home to eat a yummy meal and to receive answers to all their questions about Jews and Israel. After years of hosting groups like this, I know that their first questions are usually about “those […]

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When People Saw Sara Imenu

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Ode to That Mother Feeding Her Baby at 4 AM by Rabbi Menachem Nissel

Ode to That Mother Feeding Her Baby at 4 AM by Rabbi Menachem Nissel

Rav Yerucham of Mir asked how we know if a person has achieved greatness. And the answer, Rav Yerucham explains, is that we can always know if a person has achieved true Jewish greatness by watching how they do small things. If in those small things you see greatness then everything about them is great. […]

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Triplets in Manhattan (5-Minute Inspirational Video)

Triplets in Manhattan (5-Minute Inspirational Video)

Rabbi Uriel and Shevy Vigler of Chabad of the Upper East Side had 5 small children when they were shocked to discover that Shevy was pregnant with triplets. This inspirational video about what it’s like raising a big family moved me to tears. [Warning: watching this video is likely to make you want to have […]

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When Noa’s OTD Son Even Says “No” to Bar Mitzvah (3-Minute Moving Video)

When Noa’s OTD Son Even Says “No” to Bar Mitzvah (3-Minute Moving Video)

I wrote a few weeks about Noa Yaron Dayan, a well-known rabbanit and writer, whose world came crashing down 2 years ago when her famous rabbi (now ex-) husband stopped being observant, and most of her 7 children followed his lead. In this video, we see how Noa faces a mind-boggling challenge–her off-the-derech almost 13-year-old […]

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