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Confession of a Loving Fan

  “What I’ve learned about marriage: You need to have each other’s back; you have to be a kind of team going through life.”  Tom Petty. This has been a complicated week. There are the big things. The moronic tweets … Continue reading

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A time to hold on: A time to let go

Nature has many lessons for us if we only take time to notice and listen. Yesterday I was reminded of what a tree can tell and teach us. There is a little tree out my window that, although I watch throughout the … Continue reading

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Finding Quiet in a Fallen Branch

This morning I am reminded of a variation of the age-old question “If a tree branch falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? “ Working from my home office gives me … Continue reading

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A time to follow rules and a time to break them.

As a young girl, I was very compliant. If I was told to do something, I generally did it. If I was told not to do something, I usually didn’t. There were exceptions (ah yes, the motorcycle ride, and a … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Baby Naming

“A person has three names: one that he is called by his father and mother; one that people know him by, and one that he acquires for himself” Midrash, Kohelet Rabba Words matter. Names are important. What we call ourselves, … Continue reading

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Chosen Family Friends

I pulled up to number 62, parked the car, unbuckled my 1-year old son from his car seat and walked across the front yard. I noticed a blonde woman with curly hair, a large green turtle swimming pool and a … Continue reading

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At a good hour. At the right time. B’sha’ah tovah. That is the traditional Jewish response to learning about a pregnancy. Generally, in the United States, we say “Congratulations, Mazel Tov, or Wonderful” but Judaism says, “At a good hour”. … Continue reading

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Two weeks ago I was honored to give a talk about my Meah experience at the Hebrew College Meah graduation. Here are excerpts from my words.  Bottom line, I am very excited and optimistic about the future of Judaism. If … Continue reading

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Why is this year different?

For as long as I can remember (and even longer as evidenced through old photos!) I have sat around a table the first night of Pesach with a large group of family. From the small dining room at my grandparents’ … Continue reading

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Wrapped in my Mom’s Warm Winter Coat

As my mom’s 8th (how could that possibly be?) Yartzeit surrounds me (due to the significant difference between the Hebrew and English calendars this year) I find myself thinking about what we take and what we leave behind when someone … Continue reading

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