I once heard a story about a Mommy who shut herself in her kitchen in the morning. When her children knocked on the door, wondering what she was doing in there, she replied, “I’m busy making a Mommy in here!” Mrs. Miryam Swerdlov says it in last week’s Binah magazine, when she was talking about… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Making a Mommy
Not this past Shabbos, but the one before that, I was reading something by Rabbi Paysach Krohn in Zman magazine. Part of it was about marriage, and one piece of advice he gave was this: Greet your spouse with a smile as soon as he walks through the door. Don’t: start off with kvetching, shove… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Say it with a smile
I’m pretty beat, but I don’t want to miss a Torah Tuesday post, so I’ll give you some food for thought, and would love to hear what you have to say about it. This past Motzei Shabbos my husband and I attended a big dinner, you know, with lots of speakers and some shmoozing as… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Why are you frum?
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
“If you’re using bitachon when you should be using hishtadlus, that’s not real bitachon.” – heard at Neve. One of my posts in late December prompted a great discussion with my friend, Sarah, which made me think a little bit about the concept of hishtadlus. This past Shabbos, in Zman magazine, I read an amazing… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: An “A” for Effort
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
Well, I just didn’t have any time this week to do a new Torah Tuesdays post, so I thought I would re-post this oldie but goodie (okay, it’s really not that old, but it’s one of the first ones I did, back when I had all this time. Ah, time). Enjoy!
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
Last night I got all turned around as I was attempting to locate a new babysitter’s house. I had printed off directions from Mapquest, but, as it happens sometimes, they weren’t entirely clear. To be fair, Mapquest has nice little clues like “such-and-such street comes before the street you want” and “if you passed this-or-that… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Get good directions
I attended a shiur yesterday morning (practically an open miracle), and a mention of the influence we can have on other people’s lives piqued my interest as a potential topic to post. Basically, we may not think that we’re influential (Who? Little old me?), but every time we interact with someone, even the cashier at… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Lasting Effects