Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

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

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

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

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

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!

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: 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

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Stop the baseless hatred

Yes, I know it’s Monday, but I wanted to get this idea out into the interweb before the fast starts tonight. Last week I talked about one way to help hasten the redemption.  To sum up, because lashon hara led to the institution of Tisha B’Av, it is also preventing the redemption.  So don’t speak… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Stop the baseless hatred

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Shiva Asar b’Tammuz Review

When I was first learning all about how to fast on these minor fast days, it seemed like I would remember all the halachos and details forever.  I mean, it’s halacha, right?  So since it’s important I should remember everything always, or so I thought at the time. Well, as the years go by, I… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Shiva Asar b’Tammuz Review

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Senselessness and Comfort

After what happened this week to that poor little boy, I, and many people that I know, are feeling frustrated and saddened by the senselessness and horror. These past couple of days I’ve felt guilty for making a small joke, or playing with my boys, or being frustrated by their normal antics.  How is it… Continue reading Senselessness and Comfort

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