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

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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

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Torah Tuesdays: Giving Others the Benefit of the Doubt

My husband and I had an experience this past Shabbos which reminded us of one of my favorite mitzvos – Judging others favorably. We were taking a walk to the park on Shabbos afternoon.  While we were waiting to cross the relatively busy street,  we saw, on the side street across from us, a car… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Giving Others the Benefit of the Doubt

Marriage

Being unpleasant to the ones we love the most.

Yesterday was a stressful day.  I was scheduled to play in a concert in the evening, and before that happened, I needed to sterilize the breast pump, pump some milk for the baby, sterilize the bottles (they were still in the package), take a shower, get my instruments and music from the car, write and… Continue reading Being unpleasant to the ones we love the most.

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays – Be Happy With What You Have

We are in the thick of High Holiday season!  Rosh Hashanah is now behind us, and we are looking ahead to Yom Kippur from the Aseres Y’mei Teshuva – the Ten Days of Repentance.  I thought a post inspired by an article I read on Aish.com about Yom Kippur would be appropriate for today’s Torah… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays – Be Happy With What You Have