Jill Goldberg is an elementary school English teacher. Previously, her work was published in Mothering, Natural Jewish Parenting, Parenting from the Heart, Motherwear, and Breastfeeding.com. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and three sons where, in her spare time, she reads, meditates, and sleeps (often in that order).
For as long as I can remember, the Yizkor service, held on the most important holidays, has always been shrouded in mystery and superstition. I was never allowed to be inside the sanctuary during…Yizkor, for fear of provoking the evil eye and bringing bad fortune upon myself or my family. That feeling, instilled in me at a young age, remained with me as an adult. So since I wasn’t mourning, I never stayed inside the sanctuary during the Yizkor service, even when different rabbis encouraged congregants to stay… >> Read More
It’s been a long time since I’ve been pregnant, and I have absolutely no plans for future pregnancies. I do, however, encounter pregnant women often. Many of my colleagues at work are just…starting their families, I am friendly with pregnant women who go to my shul, and I have relatives who are now or recently were pregnant. So on an almost daily basis, I am stunned at the awful things people say to pregnant women. For some inexplicable reason, people in general think that a pregnant woman… >> Read More
The passing of my mother last month placed me in the unenviable position of experiencing the Jewish mourning process for someone in my immediate family. It was my first time, and while I had a…general idea of what to expect, one thing took me by surprise. While incredibly touched and warmed by the many forms of comfort I received from friends near and far, I was also distinctly aware of the people who did nothing. I noticed the ones who failed to make any kind of contact. I understand… >> Read More