Archive for December 25, 2014

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What Do These Women Want?

BH No matter where I began writing this week, it felt like a run on sentence with the same ending: the signs are everywhere that  Moshiach’s arrival is imminent.  The Rebbe urged everyone to “open your eyes and see,” implying that the signs of this reality are visible if we know what to look for and strive to incorporate this perspective into our lives. Chassidus teaches that everything that occurs in the physical world has a counterpart in the spiritual...

This Will Shock the Hellenist Out of You

BH It’s not the latkes or the jelly donuts. It’s not the dreidel or the gelt. It’s not even the quality family time. (Sorry, family.) No, my favorite part of Chanukah is…the fight. Really. I am an unapologetic Maccabee, at least I try to be. In fact, when I was considering writing my blog under a pseudonym, I actually purchased the rights to the name, Lady Maccabee. I get my marching orders from the prayer, Ve’Al HaNissim, commemorating the Jews’ military...

How Did That Word Creep In?

B”H A few months ago, I wrote about meeting up with Fern who had a suggestion for a blog topic: to write about something that was difficult for me to do along the way back to Jewish observance. “Difficult?” I laughed a satisfied laugh. Once upon a time, of course, I missed certain food, certain clothes, back when I wasn’t sure if it was all “worth it.” But that feels like a lifetime ago. I went on to write about...