Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Speaking well of others

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the three weeks, and within them, the nine days, are some of the saddest days on the Jewish calendar.  Many of the calamities that have befallen the Jewish people (and oh, have there been a lot of those) originated from events that occurred during this time period.  These sad… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Speaking well of others

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Choose who you become

I’d like to thank my toddler for napping and my baby for entertaining himself, which is how I had time to write today’s Torah Tuesdays post.  Boys, you’re the best! I was looking at some notes I took from a class on Koheles  (Ecclesiastes) that I took with Rebetzin Heller, back in the day when… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Choose who you become

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Even when you don’t feel like it

We’ve been having some off days over here.  The sink’s been broken since Motzei Shabbos, and it has remained broken despite my, and my landlord’s, best efforts at fixing it.  A professional is coming tomorrow morning.  The kitchen is a disaster.  I still haven’t caught up on laundry since returning from our trip to Memphis,… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Even when you don’t feel like it

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Rebooting the Modem of my Mind

As I was getting ready to write this post, my internet stalled.  Since I’m somewhat tech-clueless, I don’t really understand why these things happen.  Maybe it’s too windy outside, maybe there’s “too much traffic,” maybe there’s a sadistic employee at Time Warner who enjoys disconnecting people’s internet at 11:30 at night.  Who knows?  Not me.… Continue reading Rebooting the Modem of my Mind

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

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

It’s totally okay not to be perfect. Really.

Hello, my name is Rivki, and I’m a perfectionist. I think it has something to do with being a classically trained musician.  Either I was already a perfectionist at birth, or it was a result of spending hour upon hour in a practice room, perfecting one measure at a time.  Imagine: “No!  I’m still missing… Continue reading It’s totally okay not to be perfect. Really.

Torah Tuesdays

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

Marriage

Your husband is not broken; he’s just a guy

Those were the wise words a good friend of mine spoke to me when I was engaged to my husband.  The entire idea was something to the effect of, “There will be times when you think that your husband is broken or something.  He’s not.  He’s just a guy.  They’re just different from us.” I… Continue reading Your husband is not broken; he’s just a guy

Torah Tuesdays

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

Torah Tuesdays

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