“So I guess now we get back to normal,” I said to my friend, at the end of the intense, whirlwind Tishrei ‘holiday’ season. I’d expected a smiling, shrugging ‘Yeah’, in reply, but instead, my friend, a long-time baal teshuvah, seemed to take my throwaway comment with more grains of salt than a cook like Read more
Archives for October 2017
GUEST POST, BY HENIA KAHAN How would you like to reduce your family’s risk of heart disease and heart attack ch’v? Sounds good? Having trouble sleeping? Know anyone suffering from depression and anxiety? Let me tell you about magnesium. Magnesium is an extremely important mineral that unfortunately doesn’t get the attention it deserves. We all Read more
Judaism welcomes and celebrates diversity. Each tribe, each ethnic group, each culture, each family has its own unique customs; but we are all united by the Torah and the sanctity of Shabbat. Nowhere is this illustrated so clearly than in the numerous ways our communities have tackled the seemingly simple act of lighting Shabbat candles.
When Avraham is told to leave his country, he’s being told to leave behind more than a mere place. The midrash sees God’s command to Avraham as a lesson in self-transformation. Avram and Sarai cannot give birth to children; Avraham and Sarah will give birth to a nation!
A Novel by Nomi Plum Chapter 1 The light bulb moment occurred while Molly Tumim was sitting on a yoga mat in the lotus position at a women’s gym on the outskirts of Jerusalem. While she loved teaching yoga, she hated the gym with its windowless room, air conditioning set to freezing, and obnoxious Zumba Read more
With a new page Is a new sage born, The worn ways of the old Paved over for a greater pasture How much faster we forget Everything that enables us to get To where we can begin anew; Where the blues are now behind us Where we always seem to find ourselves In a new Read more
“In all honesty,” my husband said after a carefully worded introduction, “You’re about as jumpy as a frog on a plata.” That’s hot-plate in Hebrew. “Is everything okay?” When the phone rang, I jumped. When the bedroom closet shut a bit too hard, I jumped. When milk spilled, I jumped. Besides this, my jumps were often accompanied by a loud, Read more
Two poems that are really the same poem, written nearly forty years apart. In the summer of 1975 I was trying to start an organization called The Small World School of Poetry. (I am still trying.) I meant to write a text for a poster to put up around the university, but when I set pen to paper, out came this poem. It has remained my “signature” poem over the years, and there have been several “remakes” of it—”Desperate Love for Pirkei Avot,” from in the winter of 5774, is the most recent.
A Short Introduction by Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser Open When You Are takes you on an amazing ride. Its charismatic characters, humor, first-class writing, and flowing, twisting plot keep the pages turning; but that’s not what really makes this book amazing. What makes it so amazing is that in this novel, everything – from its story Read more
For the first twelve years of my life I lived in the same house in South Africa with my parents and younger sister. Close-knit extended family members also came to live with us from time to time. Then, shortly after my bat mitzvah, we packed up and moved far away across the ocean to Read more