Archive for November 24, 2016

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The Jew and the Turkey

B”H Yes, it’s true. I didn’t always appreciate “the most wonderful time of the year.” But times have changed and I’ve changed. Let’s start with Thanksgiving. Traditionally, when our kids were young, my real objection to Thanksgiving was that it’s on a Thursday, when Shabbos starts shortly after breakfast the next day. That’s a lot of kitchen time for someone who doesn’t like to cook, doesn’t like turkey, and isn’t looking for opportunities to overeat. And while celebrating an American...

Five Phrases Every Lubavitcher Wants You to Know

B”H When my husband and I decided to become observant through Chabad thirty years ago, I was overwhelmed by how much I didn’t know. By memorizing a few key Hebrew and Yiddish phrases, I felt more authentic around my new friends.  I also felt more scholarly around my old friends, in case they asked why we made such a radical decision. (Hardly anyone did.) Today, almost everybody is familiar with the world of Lubavitch. Here are five phrases worth knowing if...

Looking for G-d in the Elections

B”H “I hope you don’t mind my asking, but how are the Orthodox voting?” She was an older woman with cropped grey hair and a New York accent; we left the polls together on Tuesday. I was surprised by her assumption–how was she sure I was even Jewish?–but I had to think quickly. “People are pretty much deciding for themselves,” I answered politely, hoping to end the discussion. What good would it be to debate politics after we both voted? In...

Why Are You Reading This?

B”H There were many arguments in favor of our return to Jewish observance, but the most compelling one was physical. I loved the idea that G-d wanted me to have children, because there was some innate, womanly part of me that had an undeniable and tremendous desire for children as well. Some aspects of the mitzvah to “be fruitful and multiply”–commanded in this week’s portion of Noah— were more challenging for us than others. (Raising our kids gave new meaning...