Lisa A. Bloom lives on Long Island with her husband and three wonderful young daughters. She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a degree in English and Psychology and from Hofstra University School of Law. When she isn't working or spending time with her energetic family, Lisa enjoys writing, Barkan Yoga and eating/cooking clean. Follow Lisa on Instagram @paleoworkingmama.
“Yitgadal, v’itkadash, Sh’mei raba …”
I uttered the words of the Mourner's Kaddish — the traditional Jewish prayer recited in honor of the dead — for the first time in my life after…my father’s grave was covered with the earth. Even with the transliteration given to me by the rabbi, I found the prayer difficult to recite, in every sense of the word. Following the funeral, we sat shiva — the weeklong mourning period for first-degree relatives — at my parents’ house. We held a minyan, a quorum… >> Read More
My father had energy that was larger than life. He protected us and made his presence known when he was healthy, sick and now, even after he passed away this summer.
He loved God, his family and…was a diehard Cleveland Indians fan. Last year, we watched the World Series with my father every night. I hoped that Cleveland could win in his lifetime with all of us around him. I cried when they lost. My father didn’t die suddenly. He was sick for nine years before he passed. When he was… >> Read More
Dear School District,
We’ve had a great year this past year. My kids loved their teachers and I was happy with the education that they received.
But I have one complaint: the sheer number of…times parents are invited and encouraged to come to our children’s class over the course of a year.. Here is a sample of events that I was asked to participate in this last school year: Veteran’s Day letter writing, birthdays, holiday parties, New Year's party, field trips, Mother’s Day tea, Field Day, end of the… >> Read More
The summer before she entered first grade, my oldest daughter asked me when she was going to go to sleep away camp. I was stunned. She was too young and why the heck would she ever want to leave us,…her family? I blew the question off until the next summer, when the topic came up again. But the following summer, some of her friends going into third grade were headed to camp and she was more insistent that she would like to go too. So, in an effort to familiarize ourselves with what was… >> Read More
The other day I was shopping at the ShopRite and as I walked in, I saw men filling a large metal display with all kinds of Passover cakes, candy and specialty macaroons. It immediately brightened my…mood. There are some people that dread this holiday as the thought of cleaning the house, hosting Seders and refraining from eating bread is too much to handle. Not me. Passover holds a special place in my heart because my maiden name is Pessah, i.e. Pesach. My father’s side is originally from Spain. As history… >> Read More
When I got married, I took vows. I stood across from my husband who was dressed impeccably in a tailored tuxedo. I was in a gorgeous white gown with hair and make up done to perfection. That day felt…like a fairytale. We were young and healthy at the time of our wedding, so the vow where we would take our partner “in sickness and in health” did not fully register at that time. Before my father became ill with early onset dementia eight years ago, my parents had it all. They were retired… >> Read More
My 8-year-old daughter possesses many great qualities. She has a wonderful sense of humor and can put a smile on anyone’s face. She is caring and is always concerned about everyone and everything…around her. She is smart and talented. Her bad trait: She is constantly losing and misplacing things. She has had this flaw for as early as I can remember. She’s lost mittens, hats, sweatshirts, backpacks… you name it. This year, the start of 2nd grade, it’s got progressively worse. She would regularly forget homework worksheets at… >> Read More
June is upon us, and with that, comes the holiday of Father’s Day. This is around the time where us kids start to stress over what perfect holiday gift to give to Dad. Maybe it’ll be a tie…that never truly excites him. Or maybe some new golf balls. Tickets to any sporting event is usually a good, safe choice. These ideas won’t really work anymore for my father as he suffers from late stage dementia (corticobasal degeneration). He can barely move his body, and cannot speak or communicate. When we are out, I… >> Read More
My 10-year wedding anniversary with my husband was approaching, and for the first time since we had kids, almost eight and a half years ago, we were taking a real vacation without them. We were going…to Jamaica. Of course, there was the anxiety about flying without the three kids and about their well-being while we were away. We had them split between my parents, my in-laws, and my sister-in-law, and on certain days, the kids were split with each other for the week. These arrangements took more time and energy… >> Read More
My birthday and my eldest daughter’s birthday are 23 days apart. As a result, I am reminded of my birthday sooner than I would like, since she eagerly plans ahead for her own birthday at least two…months in advance. As my birthday comes first, she and my other daughter “cryptically” asked me what my favorite breakfast in bed would be, and if I had to choose a “fun” place to eat dinner, where would it be? They were planning my birthday too, whether I liked it or not. READ: As a Grandmother,… >> Read More
I love all things Fall. In fact, today we took our daughters to a huge pumpkin patch with farm animals, corn mazes, and hayrides. We enjoyed eating fresh corn on the cob and drinking warm apple cider.…The beauty of Fall (almost) makes me forget about the sparkly blue beach of Summer. However, with Fall comes one holiday that I am ambivalent to: Halloween. Growing up, I was not permitted to celebrate Halloween, as my father told us that it was a holiday rooted in pagan culture. It was not open for discussion.… >> Read More
It was a few short days away from my long anticipated weekend away with my girlfriends. We were going out East for the weekend and I was excited for many reasons. First, I was going away with one of…my favorite groups of friends. Second, I hadn’t slept-in in, well, I can’t remember when the last time was over the past year. And last, I would temporarily be leaving my daily life and my family who I love so much and am eternally grateful to have, but “time outs” for any mother, especially for… >> Read More
At the beginning of this past school year, my 5-year-old, who is also my middle daughter, came off the bus excited and happy. It was her first week of kindergarten, and she was on top of the world.…She had new friends, going on the school bus was fun, her teacher was great, and she even enjoyed learning. Little did I know, her happiness would be short-lived. As the Fall semester continued, day after day, she would get off the bus in a foul mood, dragging her back pack. I would greet her off… >> Read More
As Father’s Day approaches, it will bring me immense joy and happiness to see my three girls celebrating their father and my wonderful husband. He is their super hero, and the term “daddy’s…girls” is an understatement. Not only will my girls celebrate their father, but I will celebrate my father as well. He will come to the Father’s Day BBQ that I host year after year. He will sit outside on my patio and eat a hamburger, and for dessert, he will have a linzer tart, which… >> Read More
The first time I heard the word “mikveh” was a few months before I got married. My soon to be husband and I met with the rabbi prior to our wedding. We chose this particular Orthodox rabbi…because his mentor was my grandfather, who was also a rabbi. We did not belong to a synagogue, and rather than choosing a random rabbi, we felt this was meaningful. I would not classify my husband or I as “Orthodox” (although I don’t like to ever classify someone’s "Jewishness.” Can’t we all just be Jewish?).… >> Read More