Mesorah (Jewish stuff) · Motherhood

Learning Through Painful Experiences

I was commenting last night to my husband how so many of my pieces over the years have come about because I’ve been finding some way to deal with, manage and grow through painful personal experiences. It’s actually one of the things I like best about Judaism, that there are just so many tools to… Continue reading Learning Through Painful Experiences

Miscellany · musings

Snooze Alarm Queen

For as long as I can remember, I have been a masterful snooze-alarm hitter. My current alarm clock snoozes every five minutes, a short interval, and yet I am capable of hitting snooze, falling back asleep and even dreaming in that small period of time before the BEEP BEEP BEEP filters back into my consciousness.… Continue reading Snooze Alarm Queen

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

My Complicated Relationship With Prayer

Hello! Hope you all enjoyed your Pesach! It was a wonderful holiday for us, very busy but very satisfying and now I’m trying to put my house back together and still function somehow when I can barely find anything in my kitchen. But life moves forward, as do deadlines, and today I have another piece… Continue reading My Complicated Relationship With Prayer

Miscellany

When A Piece Is Too Private

What a couple of weeks, you guys. I performed La Traviata with the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra and the Cleveland Opera, that was great, and now we’re prepping for our Severance Hall Concert, which is going to be spectacular. I also spent much of this week writing a very difficult piece which, ultimately, I scrapped. After… Continue reading When A Piece Is Too Private

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Stop Confusing Poor Choices With Righteous Behavior

If you do a topic search on my blog (try: Torah) you’ll see a lot of the same themes over and over again. Some of my favorite mitzvos are the ones that govern our interactions with others, both in action and in thought. The following are a sampling of times I’ve explicitly written about these… Continue reading Stop Confusing Poor Choices With Righteous Behavior

Music

It’s Not Easy Being Creative

Yeah, I’m channeling the original lyrics of Kermit singing “It’s not easy being green,” just adjusting it to my own needs. I was so close to posting three weeks in a row, but, alas, I was pretty sick last week (totally overdid it the week before and suffered the consequences) and did not have the… Continue reading It’s Not Easy Being Creative

Miscellany

Why Expectations Are The Worst

We’ve all been there, right? Starting a new job, marking a major life event (marriage, children, making aliyah), or even pursuing a hobby more seriously. We have ideas of how it might go. And then reality steps in and things are, well, different than we thought they might be. While sometimes these unmet expectations can… Continue reading Why Expectations Are The Worst

Miscellany

What I Learned From A Month With My Bullet Journal

Like many people, I do so much better when there are tangible goals that I have written down and have some level of accountability to. It reminds me of the time that I was in Rabbi Nivin’s Chabura, I was wildly productive then. Also like many people, I often feel like I do not have… Continue reading What I Learned From A Month With My Bullet Journal

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

A Little Chanukah Miracle

A Freilichen Chanukah to everyone who’s celebrating! It’s been a delightful whirlwind over here. Today is the last day of Chanukah vacation, so we’re soaking it up. I’m still in my pajamas as I type this. It’s glorious! Today over on Hevria, I wrote about my constantly evolving Chanukah experience, and how my expectations for… Continue reading A Little Chanukah Miracle