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About: Renee Septimus
Full Name Renee Septimus
Renee Septimus
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Renée Septimus is a social worker and Jewish educator. She lives with her husband Joe on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and is the very proud mom of four married children and a savta (that's Hebrew for grandmother) to a (growing) bunch of absolutely perfect grandchildren!

Posts by Renee Septimus:

  • Feb 4 2013
    A Fun List of Every Time My Kids Got Hurt

    Ronnie’s post last week about accidents sure brought back memories! We’ve all been where she was (or we will be)–speechless with terror that, because we weren’t watching for that half a second, or that we didn’t react quickly enough, our … Continue reading

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  • Feb 1 2013
    Friday Night: Reuniting with Dad on Shabbat

    Tamara’s experience of Friday night, erev Shabbos, is very different than my own. To me, as a young child, Friday night was extra special precisely because my father was always there. When I was a kid, my father traveled for … Continue reading

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  • Jan 23 2013
    It’s Always Wrong to Spank (And I Regret Every Time I’ve Done It)

    In my opinion, it is always wrong to spank your children. Even a single shmeits (Yiddish, slap). And let’s call it what it is: spanking means hitting. “Giving a spanking” means hitting repeatedly. It is an abuse of parental power … Continue reading

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  • Jan 4 2013
    How to Readjust Your Marriage

    Erica Fleischer is OK with her husband working for a porn site. Heck, I wouldn’t be OK if my husband were a Republican. Which got me thinking (again) about marriages, especially as my anniversary was this week. When we choose … Continue reading

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  • Jan 2 2013
    Don’t Outsource Your Etiquette

    The front page of the New York Times Home section promised an article on “Teaching Children Manners: Etiquette courses are springing up for parents short on time or nerve.” Well, that’s interesting, I thought. If a parent is that short … Continue reading

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  • Dec 21 2012
    Don’t Forget About Your Marriage

    We’re thinking of going on a trip to Russia. I suddenly realized that I have no idea what happened to the arch villain of my youth, the Soviet Union. I know it broke apart, but why and when I can’t … Continue reading

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  • Dec 6 2012
    I Never Liked Hanukkah, But I Do Like Tzedakah

    So–it’s almost Hanukkah, just about everyone’s favorite holiday. Gifts, gelt (Yidd., money), no fasting, no standing in shul for hours, no cooking for big family meals, nice lighting-the-menorah ritual. Well, I never liked it. Despite the gifts, I didn’t like … Continue reading

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  • Nov 12 2012
    How to Raise Mentsches, Not Bullies

    The preschool teacher sent a nice note home: My delicious (OK, that’s my word) 2-year-old grandson L. had noticed that his classmate’s nose was running so he got a tissue and started to wipe the kid’s nose before the teacher … Continue reading

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  • Oct 18 2012
    My Orthodoxy Doesn’t Look Like That Orthodoxy

    Everyone takes their own journey and I was interested in Yael Armstrong’s account of hers. I was sorry, though, that she did not distinguish among the different types of Orthodoxy in the Jewish community. Because despite the fact that “Orthodox” … Continue reading

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  • Oct 17 2012
    Do Kids These Days Have Any Manners?

    Oy. Did I cringe reading the piece in the Sunday’s New York Times about the bad behavior at bar and bat mitzvahs! A shanda! (Although why the Times thought that article was worthy of publication has me bewildered.) I’ve been to … Continue reading

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