Motherhood

You Are Doing Just Fine

My kids’ school has this excellent program called “Social Skills.” It teaches them very useful concepts like not interrupting, “friendly talk,” “brave talk,” and other ways of learning how to be in the world, how to deal with their feelings in a healthy way. I love this program because it presents these concepts to kids in… Continue reading You Are Doing Just Fine

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Shabbos and Creativity

A lot of my writing lately has been focused on things that I find difficult, or that I have struggled with. I think it’s important to explore these topics, but when it’s gotten to the point where writing about how much I appreciate Shabbos feels subversive, I realize that I need to think about balance!… Continue reading Shabbos and Creativity

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

It’s Winter, It’s Dark, Don’t Despair

I feel I can tell you guys this – I haven’t been in the mood to write. Not at all. But deadlines come regardless of my desire to create, and so Tuesday night found me sitting at my computer, trying to come up with something hopefully remotely meaningful and not too disjointed. It turned out… Continue reading It’s Winter, It’s Dark, Don’t Despair

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Do You Ever Regret Being Religious?

One of the things that I most love about writing for Hevria is the way I am encouraged to constantly push my boundaries, to be more vulnerable, to reach deep within myself and be honest about the complicated emotions that are going on in there. My baseline writing has evolved to become deeper because of… Continue reading Do You Ever Regret Being Religious?

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

What Should I Cook For Rosh Hashanah?

An acquaintance recently asked me if I’m still blogging. I responded with, “yes? kind of?” because while I have been writing, sure, thankfully, wonderfully, I have completely neglected my little beloved blog here. I had a post up on Kveller last month (did I ever link to it? I don’t know. Here it is. It’s about… Continue reading What Should I Cook For Rosh Hashanah?

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Need To Recharge? Go To The Redemption Retreat!

When Rivka Malka Perlman asked if I would help spread the word about the upcoming Redemption Retreat, I was all for it. I didn’t know that much about the retreat, but on the surface it seemed like a very nice thing. Well, just watching this five-minute video by Rivka Malka as she gives some background to… Continue reading Need To Recharge? Go To The Redemption Retreat!

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Chazkeinu – Group Support For Jewish Mental Health

I had the great pleasure of catching up with an old friend the other day. It’s been years since we’ve spoken, but, like it goes with people you feel connected to, our phone call felt as comfortable as if we’d never lost touch. This friend is an intelligent, kind, warm woman with an infectious optimism and… Continue reading Chazkeinu – Group Support For Jewish Mental Health