Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is the author of Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion (nominated for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature) and editor of The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism, Yentls Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism and three other books on Jewish ethics. She has been named one of ten rabbis to watch by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, one of the top fifty women rabbis by the Forward and one of 36 influential leaders under age 36 by The Jewish Week. Follow her on Twitter here and learn more about her work here.
Walking around with a clearly pregnant belly and two little boys tends to engender a lot of the same tedious comments, over and over. Yes, I do "have my hands full." Yes, I do "really love…kids." And most importantly: No, we're not "trying for a girl." Because "trying for a girl," implies that I didn't get what I wanted already--that there's something lacking in my sons, some reason I might not be thrilled that these two specific human beings are in my life, that I would want to imagine it… >> Read More
We live on the third floor, and have a little balcony. My 4-year-old has taken to throwing things--toys, couch pillows, books--off the balcony. It's really not OK, and he knows it. He also knows that…if he throws toys he won't see them again for a while, and that there may be some other consequence, to boot. But he's 4, his impulse control is not so hot, and he's testing boundaries. This morning, I asked him to share the toy he was holding with his little brother, so he ran… >> Read More
The other day, kind of by accident, my 1-year-old figured out how to drink from a straw. He put his mouth on the tube attached to the cup in his hand and started sucking--recreationally, it seems. I…don't think he had any expectations that something interesting would happen. His face, as cold milk pooled into his mouth, registered shock, surprise, delight--and, dare I say it--wonder. Watching kids learn how things work down here on Earth is, as every parent knows, hilarious, amazing, and even inspiring. Seeing kids' excitement when they pet a… >> Read More