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When I was pregnant with my first child, I dashed across the street one day to the cafeteria where I used to get my caffeine fix, poured myself a coffee, added cream and sugar—and then raced back…to my office without paying. Later on, when I sheepishly returned to the cafeteria to belatedly pay, the clerk waved off my apologies: “It’s pregnancy brain,” she explained simply. Being pregnant is a nice excuse for spaciness, crankiness, or just being tired. But I was never sure how real the whole pregnancy brain thing was—until… >> Read More
“They hike all over the Galilee, they explore the whole north of Israel, the kids are so nice…”
I was listening to my good friend Chani and, as usual, envying her lifestyle. Since making…aliyah a few years ago, Chani’s regaled me with tales of her family’s life in Israel that make my life in the US seem stale in comparison: While I was trudging to Costco, she was nipping down to the Dead Sea for a swim, or hiking with her kids through 3,000-year-old ruins. Now, she was… >> Read More
Right after my first daughter was born, I was talking with a good friend who mentioned that I looked like I had it all together. That I looked so happy. After all, I was wearing make-up and…a sheitel (a wig to keep my hair covered, rather than a comfier scarf or hat) several weeks postpartum. I couldn’t believe that’s what she thought. I mustered up the courage to tell her how much I was struggling on the inside, and how I had put on make-up to help feel slightly human. I told her that… >> Read More
Over Halloween, some 6th grade drama occurred among my daughter’s friends. Typical stuff really: some girls in group costumes, other girls feeling left out, lots of chatter about who would be…trick-or-treating with whom—and then throw a boy-girl party into the mix. Nothing catastrophic happened, but it's junior high now and social situations can evoke uncomfortable and even unfamiliar emotions. But then the mama drama began—the whispers, the looks, even snippy words exchanged. Emotions were at a peak. After all, no one wants to see her… >> Read More
Someone drew a swastika on the sign-box outside of Klau Library. Klau Library is on the campus of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, the principle rabbinic and cantorial…training arm of the Reform movement. I've seen the picture of this desecration in post after post on Facebook. Almost every single post comes with the comment, "I am speechless; I have no words." I am not speechless. I have many, many words to offer. I am outraged and sickened and saddened. But I am… >> Read More