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)

When it’s Time to Give Back

We were on vacation for the last ten or so days, visiting my parents, doing what I consider to be an American tradition:  The cross-country road trip.  It was very refreshing.  So much so that even though my re-emergence into normal life included a Motzei Shabbos clean-up involving one area rug, a blanket, a pillowcase,… Continue reading When it’s Time to Give Back

Marriage · Motherhood

Escaping Hurricane Sandy

We had a trip to Memphis (home of a certain Bubby) planned for over a month.  Tickets had been purchased.  Lists had been made.  Supplies had been obtained.  The date of said trip?  Monday the 29th, the day Hurricane Sandy came ashore to the east coast.  We live on the east coast. Flashback to the… Continue reading Escaping Hurricane Sandy

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays, er, Thursday: Being Thankful

Being thankful is a very Jewish thing.  I’ve heard an opinion that some frum Jews don’t celebrate Thanksgiving because every day is Thanksgiving, and so there’s no need to set aside one specific day.  It could also be because no one wants to make Thanksgiving dinner and then Shabbos a day later (I’m making traditional… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays, er, Thursday: Being Thankful

Parenting

Things that went right at the bris, or, Gratitude

My parents left last Sunday.  We made the bris on Monday.  Though I tried, at the brilliant suggestion of a friend, to find a mature, responsible girl who could assist me in getting out the door Monday morning, I did not meet with success.  After an entire day filled with phone calls (who knew so… Continue reading Things that went right at the bris, or, Gratitude