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)

Why We Don’t Do What We Know Is Good For Us

Our phone rang immediately after last Shabbos, and when I went to screen the call see who it was, I saw my mother’s cell phone number on the caller i.d.  But when I answered, it was my father on the line, which was unusual (I usually call him, and on their land line).  He told… Continue reading Why We Don’t Do What We Know Is Good For Us

Miscellany

Why I Don’t Like “How Are You?”

It seems like such a harmless question; people toss it around like it’s nothing.  Hi, how are you?  It’s basically just an extension of the greeting.  I say it myself all the time.  Hihowareyou?  The expected response is something like “fine,” or “good, thank you.”  When someone steps outside those parameters, there’s usually an awkward… Continue reading Why I Don’t Like “How Are You?”

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Dealing with Disappointment

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that anyone who’s reading this has probably been disappointed at some point in their life.  We all experience it.  Sometimes it’s the little let-downs like not having milk for your coffee, or missing an opportunity to meet an out-of-town friend.  And sometimes it’s the really… Continue reading Dealing with Disappointment

Motherhood

My Favorite Postpartum Things

If you had asked me during this past pregnancy (with the exception of the final months, perhaps), I wouldn’t have described myself as miserable.  Now that I’m on the other side, though, I’m so ecstatically happy that I must have been pretty darn uncomfortable, fatigued, and otherwise icky-feeling for much of those nine months.  The… Continue reading My Favorite Postpartum Things

Perspectives of Marriage

The Clueless Caregiver

Nikki Flores (aka CluelessMe) first hit the blogging scene with the Clueless Newlywed blog, which was a fun light-hearted blog, cataloging the unique and clueless adventures surrounding herself and her new husband. Just because the honeymoon is over doesn’t mean the cluelessness had come to a close. Follow the story at cluelessme.com and watch as… Continue reading The Clueless Caregiver

Marriage

What’s Your Take Results: How often do you “date” your spouse?

The results are in for this month’s poll!  There was a much better turnout this time than last, so that was exciting (hey, it’s the little things). I’ve heard many times that it’s important to date your spouse after marriage, you know, to nurture the relationship, to continue to relate to your spouse on an… Continue reading What’s Your Take Results: How often do you “date” your spouse?

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: An “A” for Effort

“If you’re using bitachon when you should be using hishtadlus, that’s not real bitachon.” – heard at Neve. One of my posts in late December prompted a great discussion with my friend, Sarah, which made me think a little bit about the concept of hishtadlus.  This past Shabbos, in Zman magazine, I read an amazing… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: An “A” for Effort