Avram Mlotek is a student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. His writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Forward, Tablet and The Jewish Week. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.
Every year around this time, Jewish families visit the graves of their relatives. Tradition. The high holidays are lurking around the corner. The shofar gets sounded in synagogue on a daily basis…during the month of Elul, a time of eager anticipation. Maimonides teaches that the shofar is a type of alarm clock for all of us immersed in a spiritual slumber. Wake up, cries the ancient ram’s horn. Somberness has been my recurring theme these past several months, given the violent climate of our world: The war… >> Read More
Waking up at 5 a.m. has never been my forte. I'm used to going to bed around then. I never even changed a diaper before my daughter was born. And yet, here I am, 12 months later, still marveling.…How is it that such a little person can inspire so much commitment and love? "We're still in the grace period," my wife used to joke when we were dating, meaning bickering and disagreements were rare as we were first getting to know each other. I'm starting to wonder, though, how long does a grace… >> Read More
We sat in the waiting room.
My wife and I came up with a list of what we had to do later that day: respond to emails, clean our apartment, maybe watch an episode of Mad Men.
We had been…sensitive to the kabbalistic notion of the ayin ha-ra, the evil eye, and refrained from excessive preparation of unconfirmed events. Yet, we figured, with a month away and a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan to reorganize, it was time to build a crib. Earlier that day before the unexpected rush to the hospital, my grandparents surprised us with… >> Read More
I've been singing to my wife's stomach lately and oddly enough, this doesn't feel too strange. As Yael enters her third trimester and her beautiful belly bursts, I find myself looking for ways…to stay involved in her growing process. I'm reading books and hearing stories, wondering all the while: does all this really prepare me for the epic change we're about to experience? >> Read More