Like so many of you, I’m a working mom trying to juggle it all — my kid, my job, and, you know, my life. This year, during these most holy days, I was inspired to write a working parents’…version of the Ashamnu, an alphabetic acrostic of our collective transgressions, which is part of the public confession we recite during Yom Kippur. This year, 5779, I strive to acknowledge my wrongdoings, to do better by my little guy and my family, and to forgive myself and others more. For the sin of not acknowledging… >> Read More
Jewish holidays are generally synonymous with large bounties of food and wine. But on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, we fast to atone for our sins.
Abstaining from food and drink for…roughly 24 hours can be challenging — especially after a week of stuffing your face with leftover Rosh Hashanah delicacies. (Brisket sandwiches! Cold kugel for a midnight snack!) So, we asked nutritionists for tips on the best and healthiest way to prepare for the fast, which this year starts Tuesday evening and ends Wednesday night.… >> Read More
“You shall observe my commandments and live by them.” This biblical phrase is often used in conjunction with the Jewish idea of pikuach nefesh (saving a life) — namely, that Jewish law can be…set aside to protect a person’s health or safety. I’ve long been familiar with the verse — but it has taken me nearly two decades to truly understand what this means. Let’s go back to Yom Kippur 2000. I was in college, and in treatment for anorexia nervosa. I had been hospitalized and released, but I… >> Read More
My family and I were invited to my first cousin’s wedding. Her fiancé is Christian. The date? September 30th, which happened to be Yom Kippur.
Initially, my parents had decided not to go. After…all, who attends a wedding of their niece when it’s held on the holiest day of the year? But after careful consideration, including consulting with her rabbi, my mom decided seeing her two brothers (they live in different states, are getting on in age, and don’t get to see each other often) was more important… >> Read More
Though nobody enjoys fasting, I happen to be particularly bad at it. I’m the sort of person who needs to eat every couple of hours, even if just a small amount, and I tend to drink lots of water as…a matter of course. I therefore dread Yom Kippur each year, and that worry has only increased exponentially as I’ve added more kids to the family mix. See, back in the day, Yom Kippur was pretty doable. I’d get up that morning, spend a few hours at services, come home, pass out in bed, and… >> Read More