Archive for August 29, 2014

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Spirituality on Sale

BH I always share my blog posts with my husband Zev and friend Blumi before I “publish” anything. Blumi’s email back to me last Thursday said, “Beautiful!” and Zev didn’t object to anything I wrote, so I figured I was good to go. But, somehow, I didn’t feel my usual sense of exhilarated relief on Friday morning. I was second-guessing myself; vacations are supposed to be private and personal and maybe I shouldn’t have written about mine. Not that I...

How I Got Spent on My Summer Vacation

BH It’s hard to describe Nantucket to someone who’s never seen it, but it’s sort of like an enchanted island. Everything indigenous is either quaint or pretty, or both: the beaches, the stores, the greenery, and especially, the descendants of the original inhabitants. These people are the real WASPs who pull off the preppie look with unaffected authenticity, providing America with its impossibly high standard of good looks. What my family was doing in a place like this I didn’t...

Does G-d Play Games With Us?

BH It wasn’t easy to do, but I made the decision impulsively. It wasn’t just the fact that my toddler grandchildren had emptied the cards on the laundry room floor for the umpteenth time this summer. No, after much thought, I decided that my family would probably never want to play Would You Rather? After all, I think we played it only once–somehow I remember getting it as a gift–and I couldn’t stand it. I picked up a random card just...

Getting Spiritual in the Cemetery

BH It was the perfect activity for the Sunday before Tisha B’Av: a visit to the cemetery to my father’s grave. I’m not much a cemetery-goer, it’s one of my “shoulds.” Making it even harder to visit him is the fact that he’s buried in a cemetery forty minutes away; getting there involves a lot of winding roads which means I always arrive feeling nauseous. I hadn’t been there since his first yartzeit in December and I had some new...