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Now that it’s July, you’re probably getting settled into the rhythms of summer—and the pace of life has (hopefully) slowed down (at least a little bit). In addition to all of your regularly…scheduled summer fun, we’ve put together a list of fabulous Jewish things you can do as a family this summer. You can celebrate Shabbat in the park, at the beach, or at the playground, take in an outdoor storytime, get a little culture (and air conditioning) at a museum, and dance to the beat at… >> Read More
It started, innocently enough, with an omelet.
I love eating them for breakfast, so I had posted a note on Facebook to see what kinds of fillings my friends like to use in them. Quickly, I’d…gotten some responses. Not necessarily about what to add to my eggs, but mainly a sense of shock and awe from several friends from college who couldn’t believe I even had time to make eggs in the morning! Wasn’t I getting my nearly four-year-old son ready for daycare? What was he eating? How do I… >> Read More
I’d been dating the man who’d eventually become my husband for about a year when my grandmother sat me down for a heart-to-heart.
“I saw Aishwarya Rai on Oprah last week. You know, the…Dollywood [she meant Bollywood] actress? Stunning girl!” Then came the truth bomb: “She told Oprah that your boyfriend already has a bride arranged for him back in India. At some point, he’s going to leave you high-and-dry, marry the girl his parents chose, and move back into their house.” I was pretty sure Aishwarya Rai… >> Read More
My oldest son has always been fascinated by travel, international relations, and learning foreign languages.When he was 12, he traveled with my parents to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, as…well as Odessa, Ukraine, the place where I was born. For weeks beforehand, he walked around with a phrasebook. His favorite was, “I don’t want any herring.” (Let no one tell you it’s not a vital phrase to know while visiting Russia.) He’ll be graduating from high-school in June, and has decided to take a… >> Read More
For as long as I can remember, the Yizkor service, held on the most important holidays, has always been shrouded in mystery and superstition. I was never allowed to be inside the sanctuary during…Yizkor, for fear of provoking the evil eye and bringing bad fortune upon myself or my family. That feeling, instilled in me at a young age, remained with me as an adult. So since I wasn’t mourning, I never stayed inside the sanctuary during the Yizkor service, even when different rabbis encouraged congregants to stay… >> Read More