It is that time of year again, time for the crunch of needing to prepare spiritually while having so much to do physically. It’s a common dilemma, especially for those of us who are in charge of cooking, baking, shopping and all the details of running a household. I’ve written about it for Jew In… Continue reading Quick Thoughts For Elul 5779
I just came back from an amazing family reunion hosted by my wonderful cousin Jen. I got to see cousins that I hadn’t seen in a while (and some that I hadn’t ever met before, how incredible is that?). As I sat and talked with people who I was only connected to by our shared… Continue reading How Not To Be A Jerk
I love feeling like I’m in control. I like to be organized. I like to have a plan, a plan in advance. Sometimes, though, there is just no planning for things. We all know the adage “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht” (Man plans, G-d laughs). I think most of us have also experienced that, on… Continue reading Accepting That You Have No Control
As some of you might know, I was just in Israel for an incredible nine-day tour, jam-packed with classes, touring, learning, pampering, connecting, and all the good things you’d want in a trip. Dini Coopersmith’s Women’s Reconnection Trip was just fantastic, and I can’t recommend it enough (full disclosure: I was part of the itinerary,… Continue reading Making Inspiration Last
Yesterday the “fuel level low” notice popped up on my dashboard. Despite my love of organization and type-A personality, I more often than not let my gas get all the way down to practically empty before I fill it back up. It’s just so easy for me to be busy busy busy and not take… Continue reading Filling Up My Spiritual Gas Tank
In the aftermath of something horrific, I always feel the desire to post something, to say something, to suss out some emotion I can share. But I usually can’t. I’m usually too deep in the actual feeling of the emotion to be able to sort through it in a coherent enough way to turn it… Continue reading Responding To Tragedy
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!
Yesterday, during the fast, I decided to peer into the archives here and see if there was any content I could post on this blog’s Facebook page. I did find this great post from four years ago that was anyways getting a ton of search traffic. I felt such a rush of emotions going through… Continue reading Looking To The Past Before Moving Ahead To The Future
I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately, which is great, really. This summer has been, predictably, very busy, and while I have been a responsible musician and busted out my clarinet for some very thrilling (/sarcasm) foundational practice, those practice sessions have been far more sporadic than I would like. But writing is easy.… Continue reading What makes a writer a writer?
I was commenting last night to my husband how so many of my pieces over the years have come about because I’ve been finding some way to deal with, manage and grow through painful personal experiences. It’s actually one of the things I like best about Judaism, that there are just so many tools to… Continue reading Learning Through Painful Experiences