Anna Miriam Keller is a Brooklyn based writer, poet and activist. Educated at an orthodox Yeshiva at an early age and asked to leave in the middle of the fifth grade,Anna has spent much of her life writing about and laughing at those stories. She blogs bi-weekly for the InterfaithFamily Parenting blog and writes her own personal blog at www.brooklynscribbler.blogspot.com She lives with her partner Adrian and their newborn baby Helen Rose.
A little over two years ago on October 10, 2015, I gave birth to my first child, a girl. Named after my two grandmothers, Helen and Rose, she was the first proof for me that the past lives on into…the future. With all my faith in Judaism, mysticism, and everything holy, I didn’t know that I truly believed in miracles until Helen came into the world. So two years later on December 10th, 2017, my second daughter was born, proving once again that the universe is full of surprises. It’s true what people say:… >> Read More
“But you’re not really Jewish right?” This has been a question I have been asked since I was big enough to walk. My family celebrates all of the big holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and…Passover to name a few. The women in my family don’t wear long skirts and the men don’t wear black hats. But, yes, we ARE Jewish. “But you’re not really Jewish, right?” is an insulting question. First of all, what does that mean? That’s usually my response: “What does that mean?” And people respond by… >> Read More
When I was 8 years old I had a good friend who lived around the corner from me. His name was Nachshon. We took the same school bus to school and at the Orthodox Yeshiva we attended we were in the…same class. I went to his house often after school to play video games or just to hang out. He rarely came to my house. My family was not religious enough for his family even though we had a kosher home and my parents tried hard to educate us in Judaism. My parents were liberals.… >> Read More
Some people believe that when a child is born the angel of death and the angel of mercy stand in the room side by side. During the delivery of my baby I watched the monitor as her heart rate dropped…and lifted with every contraction. “The cord is wrapped around her neck,” the doctor said, “don’t worry this is very common.” In Hebrew the Malach Hamavet, the angel of death, is a warning. He is sent by God to show how precious life is. He is the angel who made himself known to David, Samuel… >> Read More