Miscellany

Two Things On Thanksgiving

Hello! Gobble Gobble! I hope you are all having a good day, for whatever it means to you. I have a full house right now and have another guest coming later today and am very much looking forward to the delicious smell of Thanksgiving food filling my house as I embark on our annual Thanksgiving-food-for-Shabbos… Continue reading Two Things On Thanksgiving

Motherhood

Why Going Places With a Toddler Is Actually The Best

I had lunch with a friend today. It was splendid, absolutely something I should do more often. My two-year-old finishes his playgroup around lunchtime, so I picked up him before I went to the bagel shop to meet my friend. He’s a happy, busy little guy, and while we waited for my friend to come, he… Continue reading Why Going Places With a Toddler Is Actually The Best

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Filling Up Our Cardboard Boxes

A couple Shabboses ago my husband and I had a discussion about what it means to fulfill your potential. I always think big REALLY BIG (though, honestly, not so super big) and so if I’m not doing something that’s reaching a lot of people I feel like I’m not doing all I can. But then we… Continue reading Filling Up Our Cardboard Boxes

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

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

On Being a Non-Participant

This week was the much-publicized Great Challah Bake and Shabbos Project.  I was totally excited about both these events, but, much to my dismay, I didn’t participate in either!  What?!  Yes. The Challah Bake was scheduled on Thursday.  On Wednesday, I realized that my husband was scheduled to work the 2 pm to 1 am shift… Continue reading On Being a Non-Participant

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Don’t Panic, But You’re Representing Your Entire People

I’m in the checkout line at a supermarket, and the cashier is looking at me thoughtfully. “Can I ask you a question?  I don’t want to be offensive, but I have a question,” he tentatively addresses me. “Sure,” I respond.  My curiosity is piqued. “Do Hasidic Jews believe in reincarnation?  Someone told me once that… Continue reading Don’t Panic, But You’re Representing Your Entire People

Motherhood

Redefining Homemaker

Some of you may be aware that I’m a fan of traditionalism in marriage, and that I can be a little old-fashioned at times.  After reading my friend Chavi’s guest post, I realized that even though I do think that the traditional model has a lot of merit, I don’t fit quite so neatly into… Continue reading Redefining Homemaker