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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
Dust off your dreidels and bust out your menorah, because Hanukkah is almost here. To help get you in a holiday mood, we’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate Hanukkah with your family in the…Chicagoland area. From the ultimate Hanukkah play date to cookie baking, there’s a little something for everyone and lots of opportunities to eat latkes. Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah begins on Saturday night, Dec. 24, 2016 and concludes on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 Family Hanukkah Shabbat & Dinner Celebrate Hanukkah with a holiday sing-a-long, dinner, and family… >> Read More
I got off the phone with my brand-new baby’s pediatrician with tears in my eyes, completely defeated. I had told her two weeks ago that I was determined to breastfeed, and she told me what I would…have to do at this point to make it happen: nurse, pump, and repeat every day and every night as often as possible, for as long as it takes. Besides for a few precious moments when I could nourish my baby in peace, I was devastated by the experience. There was the excruciating pain I didn’t… >> Read More