What’s in a name? Rivki Silver – Thoughts & Music sounds nice, but as month after month went by and it was all thoughts and no music, I wondered if it was time to take out the “Music” part of my blog’s name. But being a musician is so deeply ingrained in my personality, in… Continue reading Avinu Malkeinu
I have less than zero time to do this post, but in the spirit of fully utilizing this potent month, here is a link to my Hevria post today, part of Elul’s theme of Love & Fear. Hevria is extending this theme to everyone and anyone who feels like participating, and you can share your… Continue reading It’s Elul!
The fast-upcoming holiday of Sukkos (Sukkot, whatever your preference) is also known as “zman simchaseinu,” or, in English, “the Time of our Joy.” We’re happy for a lot of reasons, like the assumption (hope, prayer, wish) that we received a favorable judgment on Rosh Hashana, and the wiping away of our sins on Yom Kippur,… Continue reading The Time of Our Burnout, er, Joy
The summer really is drawing to a close. My Facebook feed is full of pictures of the first day of school, talk of purchasing supplies and the arrival of uniforms. We successfully made it through Camp Mommy, took multiple road trips, added both a sandbox *and* a trampoline to our yard, and even found a… Continue reading Pushing the Boundaries
It’s traditional, after reflecting upon our actions this part year, to ask forgiveness of those we’ve hurt. Honestly, this is not my favorite thing to do. I find it awkward and embarrassing. I’m not talking about the “please mochel me” you’ll say to your husband or your best friend. We know they forgive us for… Continue reading Giving and Getting Forgiveness
I recently started davening from a siddur again after a long stretch of it not being feasible. Though I definitely have had finer moments with my concentration level, I’m happy to at least do what I can. Weekday Shemoneh Esrei? No problemo. Thank G-d, my kids are able to occupy themselves while I daven. … Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Rosh HaShanah davening with small children afoot