Archive for December 26, 2013

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The Biggest News Story of 2013

B”H I know, I know. According to the Jewish calendar, it’s 5774. But my son Izzy told me I have to “shock and awe” in order to get your attention, so I’m trying. Now, if only I can keep it. (Izzy also suggests I shorten things.) The biggest news story of 2013 is that… I got Facebook. Seriously. I’m just looking back at my world, where my getting Facebook truly shocked and awed. I railed against it for years, unnerved by...

Stay at home, Bubbe

B”H Thank G-d,  our son Izzy and his wife Devorah had a baby girl this week. But how was I to know she would be born on Tuesday morning after I had already started to write about CVS on Monday? So now, I have an added challenge: it’s Thursday night already and I haven’t done a great job connecting my CVS story–which I was hoping could turn into something about the purpose of Creation–to my reflections on the miracle of...

How I Got This Way

B”H I grew up in the 1960’s and 1970’s in Squirrel Hill, the predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Pittsburgh. I had strong Jewish feelings, yet the religion I experienced in my Reform synagogue felt like, well, nothing.  I have no bad or painful memories from it;  Saturday School was where my friends and I went every Saturday morning to decide where we were going shopping on Saturday afternoon. I just remember being in the main Sanctuary looking at these huge, ornate...

Is This a Test?

B”H Last Shabbos was my father-in-law’s tenth yartzeit. In its honor, my husband asked me to invite his family for Shabbos dinner. I surprised myself with my eagerness–Shabbos preparation takes a lot of time and effort, especially given my newfound commitment to writing. But, thank G-d,  no doubt in the merit of Chaim Leib ben Yehuda Avraham, everything came together. Well, almost. You see, every week there’s an important  pre-Shabbos to-do list. Things like  turn off the house alarm, set...

Remembering the Miracles

B”H Today is the eighth day of Chanukah, an auspicious day to write about one of my favorite subjects: miracles. I love when I see them, no matter how small, because they remind me not only about G-d’s sovereignty, but about G-d’s kindness. It’s a little bit in my nature to see miracles,  a by-product of G-d’s creating me a little bit organizationally-challenged. I imagine that organized people just expect things to be  in the same place where they put...