What I Will be Doing this Shavuot

What I Will be Doing this Shavuot

“What will you be doing for Shavuot?” my friend just asked me. You might remember from posts I’ve written in the past, that as the (immensely proud!) wife of an educator and mother of older as well as younger children, my Shavuot is more or less about enabling others to do what they need or […]

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When Life Ends

When Life Ends

Moriah wanted a small gymnastics mat for her bat mitzvah. So I looked in stores, and I looked online, and after a lot of searching, I found something that looked good and remarkably inexpensive (free international shipping even!) on Ebay. I ordered it, crossed “gymnastics mat” off my to-do list, and told Moriah it should […]

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Selflessness vs. Selfness

Selflessness vs. Selfness

Recently I posted several poems by poetess Sorah Rosenblatt who passed away earlier this year, and was so happy to see many of you loved these poems too. This past Shabbat we were staying at a Jewish hostel with a large library, and I was so excited to discover Sorah Rosenblatt’s out-of-print collection of poems […]

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Why I Lied to the Teacher

Why I Lied to the Teacher

When I was growing up, one year my father sent in money to the IRS to contribute towards the social security of our family’s cleaning lady. A few months later, the IRS returned the money, saying my father didn’t have to pay taxes for her. But my father sent the money back, writing a letter […]

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Motherly Mitzvot

Motherly Mitzvot

In her newly-released book House of Diamonds, Fay Klein talks about the power of kavana (focus) in our mothering lives. We can change a diaper, serve breakfast, drive carpool and it can be an annoying burden or a mitzvah with eternal reward, depending on our attitude. Over the last few days, I’ve been trying out […]

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Taking my Son to Gan on Yom HaShoah

Taking my Son to Gan on Yom HaShoah

We have a garden full of beautiful, colorful flowers. But the resident of our garden that’s been getting the most attention recently is our strawberry. Yes, I meant to write that in the singular. Just one. A single strawberry. At first it was white, and then it started getting embarrassed from all the attention and […]

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