It’s Hanukkah!

Hanukkah should be a big deal, if you have toddlers or young children. Why? Because we are all covered up in Christmas. The decorations are dazzling, the music is playing everywhere we go. It is everywhere. As a Jewish parent, Christmas was the worst time of the year because I had to explain why we…

The Gift

In a packed Sanctuary, Destin was bar mitzvahed. Destin blew us all away. Near the end of the service, he read his speech, that he had written by himself, to all of us. Personally, I had no idea that this 13 year old was so brilliant & so far more mature than any 13 year…

What do you say at a funeral?

“Rabbi Jonathan Miller of Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Alabama shares a recollection of ordinary people and his eulogies for them at the time of their death.  The people remembered here were not famous. They were ordinary folks, like most of us.  Brought together in a small Southern Jewish community, these ordinary people paint a pictures…

there is no such thing as Domestic Violence.

Did the title get your attention? I hope so, i hope it felt like a punch to the gut to women & men who have been abused. The title is to catch attention of mothers, daughters, sisters, friends…we all have women in our lives, but we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, but…

Follow the Path

Have you ever experienced a time in your life that had too many coincidences to ignore? lately, i’d say within the last month, it has happened to me, again. Sherlock Season 3, episode 2 ‘Sign of Three’ Mycroft Holmes, “Oh, Sherlock, what do we say about coincidence?” Sherlock,”…Universe is rarely so lazy” i will try…

I am changing how we celebrate Hanukkah.

Pretty audacious, right? well, i am tired of tiptoeing around what is right & wrong with how to celebrate Hanukkah. i grew up in Vermont with two parents, my father is Jewish & my mother converted. We grew up celebrating both Christmas & Hanukkah. we got a Christmas tree. perhaps a day or two before Christmas….

why WORDS hurt more

Do you ever wonder why…when a compliment is given, we deflect it? as in “you are so beautiful” “oh, gosh, i didn’t do my hair today, my clothes are old, these old bags under my eyes, i haven’t slept in a week, etc.” and sometimes compliments feel as if they float away, as though tangible, like…

a Jew sits down with an Arab

that Jew was me. one of my best friends lived in this building & i moved in with him (as a friend)  while i earned enough money to live on my own. his father lived in Egypt & rented this apartment for his son. His father flew in from time to time on business. When…

the children’s (Passover) table

  My children’s table for ages 4-9. I decorate with frogs, but no water in the finger bowls (they would become ponds for said frogs in which to swim). I put inexpensive wine glasses for their grape juice. A Seder can last hours. But not when you have young children. The Passover Seder is a…

PEACE is not something you wish for

the english in the painting (which i painted), is an unfinished quote. Here is the whole of it: Peace is not something you wish for, it’s something you make, something you are, something you do,  and  something you give away. ~Robert Fulghum the Hebrew is Tikkum olam…meaning ‘repair the world’ something Jewish people are taught since before…