40 in 40 · Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Why Failure Is Good

I have loved this verse (or, more specifically, this section of verse) from Mishlei (Proverbs), because of its validation about how failing is not only okay, it’s almost expected. To be a righteous person, a Tzaddik, is kind of what we should be striving to be, and here this verse is telling us that we… Continue reading Why Failure Is Good

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

How Does Judaism Affect My Marriage? New Orthodox Women Talk!

Hello hello! It’s been a while since we had a round of Orthodox Women Talk, where several women share their own perspective on things that you ask. You can check out some of the previous questions and answers here. This week’s question was: How does Judaism shape your marriage? My response got lost in the… Continue reading How Does Judaism Affect My Marriage? New Orthodox Women Talk!


But That Spouse Looks So Much Better Than Mine!

We’re all familiar with the idea of the grass being greener on the other side.  Someone else’s life is more fabulous, or more exciting, or just simply more desirable.  This definitely happens to marriages.  When I took to Facebook to do some crowd sourcing about spousal behaviors that are easier to compare, I got quite a… Continue reading But That Spouse Looks So Much Better Than Mine!

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

A Segulah to Get Married

Disclaimer:  I did lots of linking to the glossary this week, as this post is pretty heavy on the Yiddish and Hebrew vocab.  I usually make an effort to use English where possible, but this week’s subject matter didn’t really allow for that.  I’ll try to make next week’s post more English-based.  Dating.  Did you groan when you… Continue reading A Segulah to Get Married


Embracing Imperfection

I heard a story once about someone who was checking the references of a potential suitor.  She called the young man’s rabbi and asked him, “Does this person have an anger problem?”  The rabbi replied, “I don’t know.  He’s never been married.” So, haha, very funny.  But seriously, I don’t know if you’ve experienced this,… Continue reading Embracing Imperfection

Marriage · Perspectives of Marriage

The Perfect Marriage

One thing I’ve learned by blogging about marriage stuff is that everyone’s marriage is different.  I mainly found this out through this post where I suggested what I thought were universal tips that would help with marriage.  Boy, was I wrong!    One reason why different marriage advice works for different people is that we… Continue reading The Perfect Marriage


Keeping the Peace in My Marriage

No matter how fantastic a spouse may be, living with another human being is bound to bring the occasional conflict.  Most of us are probably familiar with the toothpaste tube scenario – one spouse squeezes from the middle, the other from the bottom, and angst ensues.  On the surface, this is a banal and even… Continue reading Keeping the Peace in My Marriage


How I met my husband

Today is the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.  I feel funny about posting something without making reference to this national milestone.  My husband and I met almost 6 years after the tragic events of that day, and by then, life had largely returned to what is the new normal.  For people more closely connected with the… Continue reading How I met my husband


What’s Your Take Results: Who manages the finances in your house?

I got the idea for this poll after having a conversation with my friend, E.  She was mentioning something about paying bills or managing finances.  It came out in the course of the conversation that my husband manages all of our finances. She was surprised, since in her marriage, she’s the one who handles all… Continue reading What’s Your Take Results: Who manages the finances in your house?