Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Don’t Panic, But You’re Representing Your Entire People

I’m in the checkout line at a supermarket, and the cashier is looking at me thoughtfully. “Can I ask you a question?  I don’t want to be offensive, but I have a question,” he tentatively addresses me. “Sure,” I respond.  My curiosity is piqued. “Do Hasidic Jews believe in reincarnation?  Someone told me once that… Continue reading Don’t Panic, But You’re Representing Your Entire People

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

In Defense of Pop Chassid

I’ve been following Pop Chassid’s blog for a little while now.  I enjoy and respect his perspectives on Judaism, and life, and admire his bravery for tackling topics that are, shall we say, on the unpopular side. I don’t like conflict.  I don’t like being yelled at online by people I don’t even know.  So,… Continue reading In Defense of Pop Chassid

Mesorah (Jewish stuff) · Motherhood

Why I’m Indoctrinating My Children (And Why You Are Too)

In the comments section of a juicy leaving-my-religion article, a commenter shared his opinion that it isn’t “fair” that religious people raise their children in a strict environment like Orthodox Judaism.  It’s child abuse to brainwash them the way we do!  Why don’t we just raise them without religion and then let them choose what… Continue reading Why I’m Indoctrinating My Children (And Why You Are Too)

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Me and My Covered Hair, Part Two: Tichels, Hats and More

Hi! Did you end up here because you did a search for the word “tichel” or “mitpatchat” or something along those lines? Welcome! I don’t actually talk about tichels all that much on this blog, but I do talk about other things, like a lot about motherhood, a little about marriage, a lot about Jewish topics, and then some random other… Continue reading Me and My Covered Hair, Part Two: Tichels, Hats and More

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Me and My Covered Hair, Part One: the Sheitel

Hi! Did you end up here because you did a search for the word “sheitel” or something sheitel related? Welcome! I don’t actually talk about sheitels all that much on this blog (except for this post, which you should totally read), but I do talk about other things, like a lot about motherhood, a little… Continue reading Me and My Covered Hair, Part One: the Sheitel

guest post · Parenting

Guest Post: My kids are my mussar teachers

My friend Sindy has an amazing blog, Mussar for the Masses.  Her posts, based on the mussar she learns with my other friend, Ruchi, are reflective, thoughtful and applicable.  I always come away from her posts with a thought or two (or more) on how I can improve myself.  I’m very happy to have a… Continue reading Guest Post: My kids are my mussar teachers

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Making the bride and groom happy

If you’ve never been to an Orthodox wedding, you should really get to one.  I mean it.  They are a mix of seriousness (the ceremony) and crazy-funness (the reception).  Picture rabbis in dark coats and long beards, and then picture those same rabbis dancing with their arms in the air, juggling, doing handstands, showing off… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Making the bride and groom happy

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Dusting off my Siddur

Ooo – my first Torah Tuesdays post since the move!  I’m excited about this. Way back when, in the single-me days (okay, it really wasn’t that long ago), I was pretty great at davening twice a day.  So great, in fact, that when I heard mommies of little kids comment on how they hadn’t davened… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Dusting off my Siddur

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Say it with a smile

Not this past Shabbos, but the one before that, I was reading something by Rabbi Paysach Krohn in Zman magazine.  Part of it was about marriage, and one piece of advice he gave was this: Greet your spouse with a smile as soon as he walks through the door. Don’t: start off with kvetching, shove… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Say it with a smile

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Why are you frum?

I’m pretty beat, but I don’t want to miss a Torah Tuesday post, so I’ll give you some food for thought, and would love to hear what you have to say about it. This past Motzei Shabbos my husband and I attended a big dinner, you know, with lots of speakers and some shmoozing as… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Why are you frum?