I Love/Hate/Feel Guilty about Succot

I Love/Hate/Feel Guilty about Succot

I Love/Hate/Feel Guilty about Succot Reflections on holiday ambivalence from faraway Tbilisi, Georgia.

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A Muslim, a Hindu, a Christian and an Orthodox Jew Walk into a Bar

A Muslim, a Hindu, a Christian and an Orthodox Jew Walk into a Bar

Well, it wasn’t a bar. But yesterday my daughter Hadas and I found ourselves sitting around a table enjoying the company of 2 headscarved Egyptian Muslims, an Indian Hindu Brahman, and a Filipino Christian man working as a nurse in Saudi Arabia. We had all signed up for the same group tour of Georgia’s wine […]

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My Challenging-Daughter Teshuva

My Challenging-Daughter Teshuva

I have a child who manages to press my buttons more than any other person in the universe (maybe because the things about her that bother me are the same things that make me cringe when I think of myself at her age…). So this week, in preparation for Yom Kippur, I did the 4 […]

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The 97-Year-Old Accountant Who Yearned to Observe Shemita

The 97-Year-Old Accountant Who Yearned to Observe Shemita

Shabbat Shalom!!  

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Getting to Mikveh in Hurricane-Hit New Orleans by Bluma and Malki Rivkin of Chabad New Orleans

Getting to Mikveh in Hurricane-Hit New Orleans by Bluma and Malki Rivkin of Chabad New Orleans

As most of you know, here in New Orleans, Louisiana, we are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. There is no power at all in the city. And due to various issues, there may be no power for at least a week or for a few weeks! Tonight we just took our first lady […]

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Buying PJs for My Soldier-to-Be

Buying PJs for My Soldier-to-Be

Yesterday afternoon my daughter made a party in the yard with some friends in honor of her enlistment into the IDF today, while I sat at the kitchen table furiously labeling markers and pencils “with Yoni W. 1st Grade” as if my life depended it. My tension level was more suited to a surgeon clamping […]

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