Archive for June 25, 2015

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Why Is This Woman Smiling?

BH When I was growing up, my extended family included my grandmother’s cousin, Sara. She wasn’t very big, with her face made memorable by a pair of dimples and eyes that twinkled when she smiled, which she did a lot. She lived into her eighties, spending her last years alone in an unremarkable apartment in an unremarkable building next to where our kids went to school. I took them regularly to visit her, and what I remember about her throughout...

My Favorite Family Trip

B”H When I first heard the word in grade school, I didn’t know exactly what it meant, I just knew I hated doing it. My family and I were on vacation in Washington, D.C., and I asked my mother about the plans for the day; she told me the activity would be more of  this thing called sightseeing. I laugh now remembering how mystified I was that anyone could actually find it fun. Everyone knows that when you go with kids,...

Take Me to Your Leader

B”H I’ve never actually had a conversation with an alien, but I do think I have some idea what it feels like to be one. At our first authentic Shabbos experience, twenty-eight years ago, my husband and I landed on Planet Lubavitch, inhabited by women in wigs and men in beards. Even the planet’s name sounded strange. What kind of word was Lubavitch? My husband’s cousin had become a “Lubavitcher” several years earlier. What that meant to me was that she...

I’m Getting Help

BH I’m not embarrassed by my feeling that life is short and unpredictable and I need all the help I can get. One of the ways I try to do this for myself is by saying Tehillim, prayers from the Book of Psalms. Our sages say that if we knew the power of Tehillim we would say them all day long. I remember hearing this and thinking it was almost too good to be true–all the help I need in one...