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“I have to tell you something.”
Oy. This was the second time in four days that my husband came to me with some kind of emergency. The first time, he told me that he found our remaining…gerbil, Buzzy, dead in the tank. As we have had a lot of pet deaths recently, we have become experts at grieving, and grieving quickly. So, that day, I left work early, picked up my 12 year old, and trekked to the pet store to get two new male gerbils. It was important to get… >> Read More
I met up with an old friend today to go to our rabbi’s funeral. We popped into a nearby coffee shop and slid into a booth in our matching black dresses — hers with a blazer, mine with a sweater…and pearls. We hadn’t seen each other in over a year. She’d had a baby; her third child. I’d gotten remarried. My older kids had started middle school. My little ones were almost too heavy to lift. But the eternity since our last catch-up didn’t matter — we picked up our conversation as if we’d… >> Read More
Like most Jewish women across the country, my stomach lurched when I read the news this morning that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized. Hopefully the 85-year-old powerhouse’s fractured ribs…will heal swiftly, and her injury doesn’t indicate or initiate any other health concerns. But if you’re feeling like this is a moment when you need to turn to a Higher Power for help and comfort — well, you’re not alone. Even if prayer isn’t normally your thing, Jewish tradition makes it easy. Try these… >> Read More
Two years ago, on the eve of the 2016 election, I wrote a piece about why I am taking my kids to the polls and how it reflects my Jewish values. All those things still hold true. It still shows them…what I stand for and how I think it connects to how we live out our lives in the world. It is still a Jewish obligation to vote and participate in the life of the community and I am still taking them with me to the polls. But over the last two years, I have… >> Read More
Last night, I went to a bat mitzvah, just a few hours after a dozen fellow Jews in Pittsburgh were brutally murdered during a bris. A bris! I remember the brises of my two sons like they were…yesterday: the pride I felt, the fear of hurting my newborn during this religious and medical ritual, the warmth of my family gathered around us like a cocoon, the comforting sounds of Hebrew prayers. With every Jewish tradition, I always feel the reverberations of history — the echoes of all the boys’ cries that have… >> Read More