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Ten Years of Being a Jew

Yesterday was the English anniversary of the day I converted to Judaism. It’s been ten years. That’s the kind of milestone that leads to introspection. And I did introspect yesterday, for about twenty seconds before my attention got pulled in a million different directions, as usual. Today, since I have a lot of household tasks… Continue reading Ten Years of Being a Jew

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Why I Love Restrictions

Yesterday I saw an advertisement for a vacation to Tasmania. It extolled the beauty of the land’s rugged landscape as well as the friendliness and easygoing disposition of the local population. When I read about far-flung places, I image what it would take for us to go there. The logistics of traveling with four small… Continue reading Why I Love Restrictions

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What is Eco Kosher and Why Does it Matter?

I get a regular amount of guest post requests from various blogs/companies, and usually it’s pretty “meh.”  Form emails and spammy and all that.  Robots, maybe (not the cool kind, though).   But the other week, I got a very pleasant email from Anabelle Harari, and I took notice.  She proposed a guest post on… Continue reading What is Eco Kosher and Why Does it Matter?

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Top Five Reasons to Keep Shabbos

Every Friday slightly before sundown, I light five candles.  One for me, one for my husband and one for each of my children.  I cover my eyes and say a blessing, and with that action, usher in 25 hours of rejuvenation, connection and rest.  It’s like a spiritual spa every week.  And boy, do I… Continue reading Top Five Reasons to Keep Shabbos

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When Falling Down Means Going Up

It was one of those days.  It started with some small yet challenging events, but the challenges kept coming, more quickly, and the more they came, the more mistakes I made in dealing with them.  By evening, it was like a roaring crescendo of mistakes culminating in one really lousy day. Making so many mistakes… Continue reading When Falling Down Means Going Up

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuedays: Random Acts of Kindness

If you haven’t checked out my Rosh Hashana Card Giveaway, you can go here and enter to win! Today’s post is about doing nice things for other people, sometimes for people we don’t know and may never meet.  The concept of doing random acts of kindness is one of my faves.  One thing I like… Continue reading Torah Tuedays: Random Acts of Kindness

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Rosh Hashanah Cards Giveaway!

I love getting cards in the mail.  When I see an envelope addressed to me (and that it’s not a bill or donation request), I get really excited.  In this day and age of quick results and instant gratification, there’s something touching about someone taking the time to pick out a card, write a thoughtful… Continue reading Rosh Hashanah Cards Giveaway!

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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: A Month of Introspection

I love it when Torah Tuesdays coincides with Rosh Chodesh!  What a treat! Today is Rosh Chodesh Elul.  Elul is the last month of the Jewish year.  It is the month preceding the high holidays (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur).  It is a month of spiritual accounting and preparation for the upcoming holidays. You may… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: A Month of Introspection