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The Balance Between TMI and Repression

  Before I became frum I didn’t really have a concept of boundaries between private and public information. After I started becoming involved in the Orthodox community, I picked up on the reality that some things were just, well, not discussed. I found this decrease of TMI in my life very refreshing, actually. Since the… Continue reading The Balance Between TMI and Repression

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays – No pain, no gain

On Rosh Chodesh the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland and the N’shei (a ladies’ society – totally doesn’t have a website to link to) brought in Rabbi Menachem Nissel from Israel to give a speech. I had heard him before, when I was at Neve, and I knew that we would be in for a treat. … Continue reading Torah Tuesdays – No pain, no gain


Snip Snip – Little Man’s first haircut!

Some Orthodox Jews have the custom to not trim their boy’s hair until he is three years old.  It’s done in a beautiful celebration called an Upsherin (Yiddish for, wait for it:  haircut).  It’s like a big ol’ party where family and friends take turns snipping bits of hair off, yarmulke and tzitzis are donned… Continue reading Snip Snip – Little Man’s first haircut!

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: the Environmental Factor

Nope, not talking greenhouse gas emissions here.  This is more along the lines of the cultural environment we find ourselves living in. This post was inspired by Rebbetzin Heller’s (usually) weekly email to Neve alumni. This week’s letter was entitled “Upward from Depravity,”  referencing to this week’s parsha, where the Jews are living in Egyptian… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: the Environmental Factor

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Torah Tuesdays: A Watchful Eye

Toddlers are like little mp3 players (I was going to say parrots, but I thought I would be more high-tech with the analogy):  They record everything they hear and repeat it.  Little Man is getting very, very good at repeating things.  It’s both exhilarating and terrifying. This new phrase of his reminds me of a… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: A Watchful Eye

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First post on LadyMama

LadyMama is a fantastic site to surf.  Full of fun, informative articles,  polls and opportunities to contribute your thoughts and opinions, it’s worthy of your limited internet time.  In the words of the site itself,  LadyMama is a dream space for the yiddishe mama in every trendy lady to learn, share and connect. After I visited… Continue reading First post on LadyMama

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Torah Tuesdays, er, Thursday: Being Thankful

Being thankful is a very Jewish thing.  I’ve heard an opinion that some frum Jews don’t celebrate Thanksgiving because every day is Thanksgiving, and so there’s no need to set aside one specific day.  It could also be because no one wants to make Thanksgiving dinner and then Shabbos a day later (I’m making traditional… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays, er, Thursday: Being Thankful

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Torah Tuesdays: It’s not a coincidence

I heard someone lamenting the fact that she was having a difficult time with a certain relationship.  She was feeling hurt, angry and frustrated.  It was taking a lot of her energy just to deal with the situation. While I was empathizing with her, I was reminded of a certain five-point plan of action that… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: It’s not a coincidence