Everything I Need Right Now

Everything I Need Right Now

Today I got some disappointing news about something I was hoping would work out but didn’t. And I was feeling upset, and the upset feeling wasn’t lifting for a long time. So I thought of things I could do to cheer myself up. I could buy myself a new skirt. No, I already bought something […]

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How NOT to Give Chizuk

How NOT to Give Chizuk

One day this week, at the end of a long day, I went to the gym to exercise and listen to some inspirational videos and a favorite audiobook and generally enjoy myself. And I was, until I ran into Leah*. An acquaintance I see sometimes around the gym.“Hi, how are you?” she asked, “please remind […]

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My Blessing for My Son, the Child of a Convert and a Baalat Teshuva

My Blessing for My Son, the Child of a Convert and a Baalat Teshuva

[Our 11-year-old Yaakov is going into junior-high school next year, and his rabbi asked for us parents to write blessings for our sons in preparation for this momentous transition. Here’s the blessing I wrote for Yaakov):To our dearest Yaakov,In the “Al HaTsadikim” prayer, all kinds of people are mentioned who are an inspiration, who are […]

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My New Book is (Almost) Born: Final Call for Dedications

My New Book is (Almost) Born: Final Call for Dedications

Hi all, Don’t miss this last chance to send in donations for dedications for our new book Blessings: A Shabbat Dinner Companion by Friday, May 24th. Please contact me at crjorders@gmail.com or +972523257827 for more info about a limited number of dedication opportunities. If you missed it, here’s my original post about why this book […]

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The Arab Selling KLP Ice Cream

The Arab Selling KLP Ice Cream

My 11-year-old Yaakov has been complaining since Purim about not being able to eat Kitniyot on Pesach like his Sephardi friends do. His friends are feasting on bamba, caramel corn, and rice, while Yaakov is left, as he puts it, ‘With the 3 words that because of them I hate being Ashkenazi, ‘Gefilte, fish, and […]

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My Year of Cleaning Quietly

My Year of Cleaning Quietly

Before October 7th I would listen to lots of Torah classes, at least one a day. Rabbi YY, Rabbanit Yemima, Shira Smiles, Rabbi Fischel Schachter. I would go about my day listening to classes, and it infused my daily life with a lot of deeper meaning. But since October 7th I just haven’t had the […]

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