Miscellany

Eleven Jewish Women You Should Follow

I love round-ups and… I also really don’t love them. I’ve been included in them, which feels great! Who doesn’t love to be noticed? But I’ve also been excluded from others, and that hurts. It feels the opposite of great. And I know that in making this list, I am leaving out awesome amazing women… Continue reading Eleven Jewish Women You Should Follow

Miscellany

Potential Titles For My Imaginary Memoir

I enjoy memoirs. I like feeling like I’m getting a peek into someone else’s real life experiences. Typically, I most enjoy memoirs that are written by people from a drastically different part of the world, i.e., Iran, Nigeria, somewhere I’ve never bene and whose culture is wholly different than the one in which I grew… Continue reading Potential Titles For My Imaginary Memoir

Miscellany

How To Survive Baby-Induced Sleep Deprivation

I have entered the stage of being drunk without having consumed any alcohol. It’s been a month since I’ve gotten more than three hours of consecutive sleep, and I am feeling decidedly loopy. There’s a counterintuitive sharpness of mind that I get when I’m not getting enough sleep. It’s like I’m extra perceptive and witty… Continue reading How To Survive Baby-Induced Sleep Deprivation

Motherhood

Ten Stages Of Parenting A Challenging Child

Most parents have hopes and dreams for their children. We want them to be happy, to be emotionally balanced and successful in their lives, in their relationships, in making a living, in finding a place in a community. To get married, start a family. To find the same connection to G-d that we have. Most… Continue reading Ten Stages Of Parenting A Challenging Child

Motherhood

What To Do When You’re Not Yourself

By now, I should be a sleep-deprived zombie, barely functional and mostly incoherent. That’s typical of life with a newborn. This isn’t terribly far from reality; I am definitely not getting much consecutive sleep. But what has been the most surprising thing to me about this current postpartum experience is that I feel so much… Continue reading What To Do When You’re Not Yourself

Motherhood

Why You Should Hire A Doula (Even If You’re Getting An Epidural)

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then this is old news, but I would feel deeply negligent if I didn’t also post my good news here on the blog! This, the blog where the birth stories of most of my other kids (at least, my second son, my first daughter, my third son)… Continue reading Why You Should Hire A Doula (Even If You’re Getting An Epidural)

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Even Better Together: Personal Reflections On The Recent Geula Gatherings

Background: In a near miraculous occurrence, on February 26th 2019, over 20,000 women in over 100 Geula Gatherings around the world got together to daven for Geula. This type of gathering, created by women, is unprecedented, since Miriam leading the women in dance at Yitziat Mitzraim. The whole purpose of these events were for women to come together, not… Continue reading Even Better Together: Personal Reflections On The Recent Geula Gatherings

Mesorah (Jewish stuff) · Motherhood

Accepting That You Have No Control

I love feeling like I’m in control. I like to be organized. I like to have a plan, a plan in advance. Sometimes, though, there is just no planning for things. We all know the adage “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht” (Man plans, G-d laughs). I think most of us have also experienced that, on… Continue reading Accepting That You Have No Control

Miscellany

Who Has Energy?

Not me! You might think I have energy because I keep posting events that I’m involved with or articles I’ve written, but I’m telling you that it is a facade! I’m really just napping most of the time. The frigid winter temperatures preclude any outdoor walking, my stalwart dedication to avoiding my elliptical and exercise… Continue reading Who Has Energy?

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Making Inspiration Last

As some of you might know, I was just in Israel for an incredible nine-day tour, jam-packed with classes, touring, learning, pampering, connecting, and all the good things you’d want in a trip. Dini Coopersmith’s Women’s Reconnection Trip was just fantastic, and I can’t recommend it enough (full disclosure: I was part of the itinerary,… Continue reading Making Inspiration Last