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BH The thought that terrified me most when I was a teen-ager was that I would die before I figured out why I was alive in the first place. Premature deaths were uncommon, but I knew they happened, sometimes even close to home. In 1973, just after I graduated from high school, our family friends’ daughter was killed while driving home after her freshman year of college. What made her death more chilling were the words my mother repeated for...

Ready, Mr. Music?

B”H Recently, my family engaged in a lively debate around Izzy’s Shabbos table. I didn’t stop the debate, mainly because it wasn’t my Shabbos table. Had I been the hostess, I would have felt entitled to end an activity I don’t enjoy. From my experience,  debating can get ugly (fortunately, it didn’t this time)  and more importantly, nobody’s opinion changes in the process (I confirmed that nobody’s did this time either). “Where do people get their opinions?” Izzy asked me...

My Unexpected Present

  B”H With all due respect to exercise enthusiasts, I think the person who coined the expression, “no pain, no gain,” probably thought of it while preparing for Passover. It may have taken me almost thirty years, but, thank G-d, the “gain” may have finally overtaken the “pain.” I still have remnants of the lump in my throat from the other day when I started cleaning for the holiday. With all due respect to Passover, like everything Jewish, if I view it...

Is There a Name for What Happened to Me?

B”H Fasting is not fun.  No coffee presents headache challenges. Some people get weak and others get tired. I get cold, which makes me way crabbier than being hungry could ever do. But I looked at the week’s events and saw that typical-blogpost-day-Thursday is Purim, a busy day from beginning to end, so here I am on Wednesday, the fast day of Taanis Esther. If you’re trying to make the fast go faster, I hope that reading this will help....