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My Religion

September 24, 2015

Yesterday was the holiest day in a Jewish person’s year. It was the day of atonement where we fast and apologize for all the mistakes we have made yearlong. Spending my day hungry, thirsty and headachey, I spent most of the day doing what I always do – beating down on myself. “I’m sorry for not being a better mother […]


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A quarter the way through…

December 10, 2012

We are deep in the trenches of Chanukah, a couple of big bashes under our belt. With weeks of prepping on appropriate gift receiving behavior, I’d venture to say my kids have been sufficiently gracious through our first two tests. (Read about my feelings of dread here) It didn’t hurt that I used bribery, or a reward system as I’d […]


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The World We Live In

November 19, 2012

This being the week of Thanksgiving and all, no better time to appreciate what I got. I’m thankful for so very much but sometimes I get lost and caught up in what I want, where the deficits in my life are, and focus on all the wrong things. So today I’m going to focus on how grateful I am to […]


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Sins

September 25, 2012

Sins: An immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. Definitely a four year old definition! Tonight at sundown starts the holiest of Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur. From my understanding, Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year and exactly a certain amount of days later starts Yom Kippur where G-d takes out his book and decides who will […]


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Archaic Traditions

August 6, 2012

I was one of the first of my friends to have a baby. And so many of the things that are now so second nature to me, were so foreign and I didn’t have many close friends to look to that had gone through it first. So when Drew was first born, I shuttered at the thought of him having […]


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A House Divided

April 26, 2012

It has started. Somewhere, somehow I thought it could be different. Or maybe I just blocked it out. It’s hard not to get excited at the thought of winter turning to spring and eventually leading to summer. It’s easy to get caught up in everything that means…except when it comes to baseball. We have a mixed marriage. And in some […]


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Chrismukkah by Rachel Thompson

December 15, 2011

I grew up as what I endearingly call, a super jew. My Mom was the music teacher at my temple so I was always involved from a very young age. From religious school to Hebrew school, Jewish Overnight Camps and Temple Youth Groups, I really took it in. It became a central part of my identity. When it came time […]


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The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

December 8, 2011

I, much like most people, love the holiday season. The lights sparkling along streets and shopping centers, the buzz of people coming and going, the joyful upbeat songs in stores, the whole thing is so uplifting. Drew, being three, is finally starting to pick up on the season. For the first time I am confronted with what Christmas means to […]


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A Religious Experience

November 12, 2010

This past Saturday Gabriela received her Hebrew name. At first I had thought that it was a small ceremony that I was mostly doing for my extended family’s benefit. Invitations went out and I felt that it was a minor detail in the myriad of events in our lives. I don’t think of myself as an especially religious person. I […]


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