Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Divine Intervention and a Stuffed Animal

We’re in the thick of the high holidays now.  Rosh Hashanah is behind us (hope you had a good one!), Yom Kippur is awaiting us, and we find ourselves in the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Repentance.  Some of us may even be fasting today, since it’s Tzom Gedalia.  This is the time of… Continue reading Divine Intervention and a Stuffed Animal

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Shul Experiences

Before I publish this post, I must say that I am completely consumed by the escalating situation in Israel.  I feel funny posting about anything else.  So, because mitzvos help protect us, these are good Psalms to say at a time like this:  130, 121, 83, 20, 91 & 143.  Also, check out the Shmira… Continue reading Shul Experiences

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Good Deeds for Recovery from Illness

Unfortunately, Ayala Pamela bas Leah (Pamela Nagy Weisfeld) passed away today (August 20th).  We can still do good deeds as a merit for her soul.  May her family be comforted, and may we only share in simchas. Some upsetting news came down through the Facebook grapevine yesterday: Pamela was at Neve at the same time… Continue reading Good Deeds for Recovery from Illness

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Learn something Jewish – Win an Ipad

I’ve always enjoyed learning,  When I was in seminary, I applied myself vigorously to my studies.  I loved to learn in English, in Hebrew, on my own, with a partner, in class.  Loved it.  I wanted to keep it up forever.  In my innocent, naive single way, I imagined that I would always be able… Continue reading Learn something Jewish – Win an Ipad

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The Most Important Word of the Seder

I am so thrilled to have my friend (IRL), band sistah, fellow blogger, and someone who I just all-around look up to, Ruchi Koval, guest posting today.  Ruchi has a fabulous blog, Out of the Ortho Box, that I highly recommend you go and check out.  It’s one of the only places I’ve seen on… Continue reading The Most Important Word of the Seder

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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Torah Tuesdays: The Ten Commandments

I thought it might be nice to do a Judaism 101 post, you know, a back-to-the-basics kind of thing. The Ten Commandments are a pretty basic part of Jewish belief.  After all, whatever I’m posting on these Torah Tuesdays posts can be linked back to these commandments in some way.   Indeed, we learn that… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: The Ten Commandments

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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

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Torah Tuesdays: Making the bride and groom happy

If you’ve never been to an Orthodox wedding, you should really get to one.  I mean it.  They are a mix of seriousness (the ceremony) and crazy-funness (the reception).  Picture rabbis in dark coats and long beards, and then picture those same rabbis dancing with their arms in the air, juggling, doing handstands, showing off… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Making the bride and groom happy

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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