Judy Horwitz Goodman was an outstanding competitive runner who opted not to train or race on Shabbat. She completed a year of national service in Israel and went on to earn her BA and MA in English Literature from Bar Ilan University. Judy is co-author of the recently published book (Diversion Books), The Jewish Jordans Triple Threat, and is the director of marketing and operations for Coolanu Israel Charity. Judy is a mother of four kids; in her sparse free time she enjoys running, reading, writing and cooking.
For the past few weeks, at school drop off, I have tried to disengage from my red-faced, hysterically crying and clinging children. My kids have never been those happy-go-lucky kids who skip into…school, but the intensity of our morning separations has hit a new extreme this year. There is a reasonable explanation for our tearful new reality--we recently moved across the world from familiar Cleveland, Ohio, to our new home in the ancient city of Jerusalem. We are thrilled to be living in the city of our… >> Read More
The memories from last Sukkot are still painful. I recall hobbling into my family’s sukkah on the first night of the holiday, desperately trying to avoid putting pressure on my tender right ankle…which I had sprained just a few weeks earlier. As the holiday of Sukkot, uniquely referred to as the “time of our joy,” was about to begin, I was not feeling particularly joyous. I was actually feeling pretty dismal and not just because of the ache in my ankle. I have been an avid runner… >> Read More
A few days ago I was busy in my kitchen preparing a double batch of honey cakes for the upcoming Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. In between measuring out cups of honey, sugar, and flour, I found…myself thinking about the traditional blessing for a happy, healthy, and sweet new year that Jews around the world wish each other in the weeks and days leading up to the holiday. Mostly, I rattle off the words without much deeper thought as to what I am actually saying. Naturally I want my loved ones… >> Read More