Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

When Falling Down Means Going Up

It was one of those days.  It started with some small yet challenging events, but the challenges kept coming, more quickly, and the more they came, the more mistakes I made in dealing with them.  By evening, it was like a roaring crescendo of mistakes culminating in one really lousy day. Making so many mistakes… Continue reading When Falling Down Means Going Up

Miscellany

Around the web: The Photoshop Newspaper Debacle, Gender Stereotypes, and Screening your Kids’ Friends

You may have heard about the Hasidic newspaper which edited the photo of the security team in the Situation Room.  One of my mom’s friends even asked her about it, and she in turn asked me.  I didn’t feel like I gave a very good response.  It was a little bit knee-jerk, a little bit… Continue reading Around the web: The Photoshop Newspaper Debacle, Gender Stereotypes, and Screening your Kids’ Friends

Parenting

Snip Snip – Little Man’s first haircut!

Some Orthodox Jews have the custom to not trim their boy’s hair until he is three years old.  It’s done in a beautiful celebration called an Upsherin (Yiddish for, wait for it:  haircut).  It’s like a big ol’ party where family and friends take turns snipping bits of hair off, yarmulke and tzitzis are donned… Continue reading Snip Snip – Little Man’s first haircut!