The Dream I Dreamt About a Movie Theater

The Dream I Dreamt About a Movie Theater

Thursday night I woke up around 4 AM worrying about one of my kids. So I sat down in the living room, drank a cup of tea, ate a bowl of oatmeal, and had a real conversation with Hashem, for the first time in a while. A one-sided conversation, I guess. Around 5, I went […]

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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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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 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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