Archive for February 25, 2016

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Guest Blogger on a Difficult Day

B”H This is Elkie Abend, I am Lieba Rudolph’s oldest daughter, and I am the guest blogger this week since unfortunately my mother is unable to post today on her beloved blog. Today is her mother’s funeral. Her dear mother, my grandmother, Mrs. Edythe Fidel, of blessed memory, passed away late Tuesday night. Today, following the funeral, my mother will begin the traditional seven day mourning period, known as Shiva. I am posting this entry for my mother, since even though...

How Can I Raise “Chassidishe” Children When I Don’t Know What The Word Means?

BH Our oldest granddaughter Leah told me that I was repeating myself, that I kept calling out, “it’s so clever!” as I passed each Lego display. She was right. Why did I find Legoland to be fascinating and fun when I went there this time with my grandchildren? I don’t remember enjoying it nearly as much when we took our own children there ten years ago. Both times we were in California during winter break to see the Abends (our...

What Happened When I Stopped Being Religious

B”H Everybody laughs about the Ten Commandments becoming the Ten Suggestions, but nobody even suggests remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy anymore. I know why. Shabbos observance smacks of everything that’s wrong with religion. As someone who started keeping Shabbos so my new Torah-observant friends would eat in my “I-promise-it’s-scrupulously-kosher” house, I was dragged into Shabbos observance kicking and screaming.  It’s not easy to amuse yourself on Shabbos, especially if you have kids around. For starters, you can’t cook,...

Why don’t we get it?

BH I really don’t like writing posts when I’m feeling so agitated. I’d much rather write about, say, the challenge of lighting Shabbos candles on time. Good, clean Jewish fun. But I just read a story that shook me to my core. And it actually relates to Shabbos candles. According to Algemeiner.com, CBS News wanted the world to know the most important detail of Wednesday’s terror attack, in which Border Policewoman Hadar Cohen died after being shot in the head...

The Best Chabad Convention of All

BH Carolyn looked genuinely pleased when I told her my boarding pass directed me to cozy up in the seat next to her. I saw this as a miracle. The plane from Pittsburgh to New York was half empty, yet G-d clearly wanted me to sit together with a Jewish woman I barely knew. Would she be interested in why I was going to the Chabad Shluchos Convention?  I would have an hour to find out. “Are you sure you...