What Ahavas Yisrael Looks Like

First, what does Ahavas Yisrael even mean?  Love for Israel.  By Israel, I mean the people, the nation, the Jews, each other.  Jewish unity.  I just saw and felt what it looks like and feels like, coming back from a Jewish women's retreat made up of very diverse women. It looks like No Judgment.  It... Continue Reading →

No Cloud Lasts Forever

I saw your face in the darkness of my mind, with my eyes closed and covered by satin in a quiet yoga studio.  I saw your face smiling gently, when you loved me, if you loved me. The Soothing Mother reads poetry, truth:  No Cloud Lasts Forever. As I lay dead as The Corpse. I let... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s House

I had many happy memories as a child, despite my recent portrayal of fear and chaos and extremism.  So now I'll share some of those, and I want to dedicate it to my Grandmother, Viola, who passed away several years ago, to Papa Bill and his new wife Judy, and to My Mom, who deserves... Continue Reading →

Grape Juice Surprise at the Seder

So I'm all dolled up in the Longest Sheital Ever (henceforth referred to as LSE), for the second night seder with my kids.  I wrangled them to take a nap, and now the time has come to wake them up from it.  I hear a thud.  One has fallen.  Off my bed, the only place... Continue Reading →

How I Used to Prep for Pesach

I used to start two days after Purim.  Everyone needs a breather between holidays, right. I used to clean every mirror in my house, and wash every baseboard. I used to schlep (move) all the decorative things, platters, vases, pitchers out of my dining room and down to the basement. I used to clean out the... Continue Reading →

To My Agnostic Cousin

"Could you delve one day into the difference between belief and knowledge? It's one of those very uncomfortable topics that takes harsh honesty. I'd like to hear your thoughts. Love, your very agnostic cousin (who believes most people are agnostic but can't come to terms with it because of societal pressures and upbringing)." I LOVE... Continue Reading →

39 Reasons Moshiach is Only Human

(A Response to My Christian Mother – with So Much Love) Proving why the hopefully soon-coming Moshiach/Messiah is human (rather than divine) is basically like asking someone to prove that Judaism is more true than Christianity. It's a huge topic and one article will never be able to answer all the questions or cover all... Continue Reading →

Anti-Perfection

I wrote a piece in college called "The Anti-Perfection Rebellion."  It's one of my favorite things I've ever written because it represents my first taste of self-awareness and freedom from yucky false beliefs from childhood.  I don't have to be perfect to be loved!!  I'm hoping I can find it and share it on my... Continue Reading →

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