Now that the New Year is upon us, it’s time to kick my yiddishe mamma tushie into gear. We are recuperating from the lingering malaise of our family Christmas visit with our Christian in-laws. The…two holidays coinciding made it even worse, stirring up my not-very-latent, seemingly genetic Jewish guilt. Not only did we have our annual Christmas Eve gift-giving and tree, but my 4-year-old was exposed to hours of television, including many Christmas specials. We had to alternatively force and entice her to watch Hanukah programs as well. Somehow… >> Read More
As opposed to January 1, I always use the Jewish New Year to make my “resolutions.” (I absolutely cannot make a resolution to change anything in the middle of the winter except for where I live!)…What would I like to improve, or change, in the routines of my life? What can I do better for myself and for those around me—my husband, my children, my friends, and my family? Year after year, near the top of my list is always a resolve to exercise more and eat better in order… >> Read More
This year I’m working toward a particular type of forgiveness for the High Holidays. I am too hard on myself for not being born a Jew.
As a convert, it’s inevitable that now and then you will…get caught red-handed. Something comes up and it’s uncomfortably clear to all parties involved. There are certain facts, for me usually regarding anti-Semitism, that those born Jewish seem to know by osmosis—Hugo Boss manufactured Nazi uniforms, Deutsche Bank lent Hitler the money to construct Auschwitz, etc. And then there’s some kind of codified list of… >> Read More
To get in the High Holiday mood, we asked you–our readers–to send in your Rosh Hashanah resolutions. From small resolutions (like trying to read more) to profound resolutions (such as being…more present in your relationships), we’re so grateful you shared these with us. No resolution is too small or too big—personally, we believe in baby steps—a little bit of effort each day can go a long way. Here’s what our readers said. And if you didn’t get a chance before, it’s not too late to make your… >> Read More
As someone who was raised in a rural sheep farm area in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, I had the incredible opportunity to learn directly about the importance of appreciating the natural…world. I knew where all of our food came from (my family raised it and harvested it), I knew what it took to maintain our forest property (consistent tree planting as well as tree removal), and I also learned firsthand the role that Mother Nature can play in successful food production. As a result, I… >> Read More