Gifts from Non-Orthodox Grandparents

Gifts from Non-Orthodox Grandparents

On those days when she wakes up on time, my 5th grader davens at 8:30 AM with her class and teacher via Zoom. This morning, I walked into the kitchen to grab something when I heard something that forced me to stop and listen. The girl leading the prayers was singing with remarkable confidence, accuracy, […]

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When You Walk Through a Storm

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With my Teenage Daughter at the Emergency Clinic

With my Teenage Daughter at the Emergency Clinic

My teenage daughter had been prickly with me for a few weeks, so last week, hoping it would help us to reconnect, I asked her if we could schedule an ice-cream date. She responded with a cold, noncommittal “Maybe, we’ll see.” And then this past Shabbat, that daughter got a deep cut on her foot […]

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My Morning in the IVF Waiting Room

My Morning in the IVF Waiting Room

I spent this morning at Hadassah Hospital with one of my kids who needed to undergo a minor medical procedure, and found myself surrounded in the shared Pediatrics-OBGYN waiting area by couples undergoing IVF. Two of the couples clearly were not having an easy time. One wife stormed around the waiting area with her husband […]

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Remembering Shifra Yehudit A”H

Remembering Shifra Yehudit A”H

I moved to a new neighborhood 5 years ago, and whenever I have to visit my old neighborhood, as I did this morning, something happens repeatedly that repeatedly scares me. I see people who’ve, over the last 5 years, grown old. Black hair replaced with gray. Smooth skin replaced with wrinkles. For me, since I […]

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