My husband glanced up from the list of Thanksgiving recipes sent home by our son’s kindergarten teacher in preparation for their in-school Thanksgiving Feast.
“At least nothing has seeds,…nuts, or pineapple,” I offered, relieved that he would not have an allergic reaction to any of the foods. “Yeah,” my husband agreed. “But it’s all treyf [not kosher]!” And thus ensued an honest, heartfelt, and open discussion about our son, his special needs, and our Jewish observance. It was not the first time we’ve… >> Read More
“Princess Elsa couldn’t pray here.”
We are sitting in Chabad services for Rosh Hashanah. My 5-year-old daughter is perched on a chair next to me. Her brother made a…beeline for the kids’ service the moment we stepped into the hotel hosting the services. I couldn’t blame him, and quite frankly, I’d have done the same since even I could see those services looked awesome. But my daughter wasn’t interested. She had her bag of books from home and her purple stuffed seahorse, and… >> Read More
For me and my children, one of the highest things on our to do list when traveling to Israel was to visit the Kotel, the Western Wall.
Before our trip, I had quickly read about, but not dwelled on,…the arrest of Anat Hoffman, the leader of Women of the Wall, in October, allegedly for singing the Shema out loud at the wall and for wearing a tallit (prayer shawl). For a woman to wear a tallit while praying at the wall is against current law: in 2003, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a government… >> Read More
Four years ago my husband and I were married in a traditional Orthodox ceremony. There was no question about what kind of wedding we would have.
My husband was raised as an Ultra Orthodox Jew. Two…years before meeting him I had an Ultra Orthodox (ultra kosher) conversion. I made the commitment to live my life as an observant Jew. I committed to marrying a Jew and raising my future children up in the Jewish faith. I could not have been happier with my decision or felt more fulfilled as a… >> Read More