Sara Luria is entering her final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute for Religion. She just began working to create a New York community mikveh (à la Mayyim Hayyim in the Boston area). She lives in Park Slope, with her husband, Isaac, and her children, Caleb and Eva.
Passover is now behind this year, and with it our celebration of the exodus from Egypt. In the middle of the Hebrew word for Egypt, Mitzrayim, we find tzar, narrowness or constriction; yet,…surrounding that narrowness, is mayim, water, fluidity, expansiveness. As a mother of a 6-month-old, my days oscillate between mayim and tzar, tzar and mayim, expansiveness, then constriction, and then back again. We come home late - me and my baby, Caleb, who I nursed and rocked through an intensive training for work - both of… >> Read More
In baby and me yoga class, the instructor asks that we each introduce ourselves, our babies, and then share how we're feeling today, both physically and emotionally. A small but lovely gesture--she…wants to help us create a community of new mamas. Yet, as we go around the room, I realize that the thread running through each introduction is self-criticism. Moms with babies as young as 6 weeks are embarrassed to explain why they haven't yet been able to tighten their abdominal muscles, saying, "I want to… >> Read More