Archive for October 30, 2014

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The Luggage I Love to Lose

BH “Live with the times.” It’s one of the essential precepts of Chabad philosophy, to experience each weekly Torah portion in a real and meaningful way in our own lives. When I was a mother of young children, this almost never happened.  Sometimes the whole week would pass and it was only on Shabbos that I heard the name of the portion I was supposed to be “living with” all week. But there was one portion I always “lived with”: Lech...

Why I’m an Orthodox Hypocrite

BH Andrea and I have been close friends ever since we were in fourth grade, which pretty much means that we have no secrets.  After our textbook terrible teen-age years, we grew close as adults, probably because we talk about G-d a lot. She wears a Jewish star around her neck and likes to hear about Chasidic life, but prefers Buddhist teachers over Chabad rabbis. Andrea lives near our daughter Elkie in LA and came to visit last Shabbos afternoon....

New Year, Less Fear

BH My almost three-year-old twin grandsons came running inside calling for “Bubbe.” I couldn’t understand what they were jabbering about, but they were clearly excited. Our daughter Elkie interpreted that they wanted to show me the hentie, “hand” in Yiddish. Together, they pulled me out the front door of their house and led me to what was so fascinating–a parked car with an arm hanging out of the trunk. “It’s not real–look!” I assured them. As I moved toward it,...

To Feel Like a Jew

BH “I want to know what you’re feeling.” That was my friend Judy’s final suggestion when I asked her how she was enjoying my blog. It was a risky question for me to ask, but I knew she had signed up to receive it via weekly emails. I wasn’t sure if she read them or not, but I knew she was getting them. (She assured me that she reads them, which we both agreed means a lot.) Why would she want...