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A friend did a great kindness for my family and me, so I went to buy her flowers. White hydrangeas, pale yellow roses and bright yellow spray roses adorned my cart at Trader Joe’s as I proceeded to do my weekly shop.  Somewhere along the way, I jarred the flowers […]
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Everything has a season, and for Jews this is the season of introspection, making amends and beginning anew. The High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are our chance to start over again. It’s not the kind of fresh start that is as if nothing has happened, because […]
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It did not take 72 years for me to decide what I wanted to do with my life. It only took eight. That is when I graduated to reading real books. The first two that I read were Little Women and Black Beauty, two novels that opened worlds for me. […]
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It did not take 72 years for me to decide what I wanted to do with my life. It only took eight. That is when I graduated to reading real books. The first two that I read were Little Women and Black Beauty, two novels that opened worlds for me. […]
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It did not take 72 years for me to decide what I wanted to do with my life. It only took eight. That is when I graduated to reading real books. The first two that I read were Little Women and Black Beauty, two novels that opened worlds for me. […]
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It did not take 72 years for me to decide what I wanted to do with my life. It only took eight. That is when I graduated to reading real books. The first two that I read were Little Women and Black Beauty, two novels that opened worlds for me. […]
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When I was a kid, I didn’t really believe in modern anti-semitism. So I found it surprising when I was asked to speak on the topic for the You Speak, We Listen: Together We Stand event, a quarterly virtual storytelling event for women created by author Alyssa Berthiaume to empower […]
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I have every right to hate Jewish men, Jewish faith, Jewish Rabbis and Jewish laws.   In fact, every single Jew has that right. Because we were born with something called Bechira (choice). Everyone has the freedom to make choices to live their life with good and evil and shades of […]
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For the past few months, I’ve been writing a weekly article for Jew in the City, celebrating amazing people who shine a positive light on Orthodox Judaism. But this week, I’m going to celebrate myself. I’m reflecting on a memory that surfaced strongly for me earlier this year, when I […]
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Do you also feel that the world is simply coming apart at the seams? That humanity is crash-landing into oblivion on the backs of emptiness, instant-gratification, confusion, craziness, anger, and hatred? I was reading something the other day that made me think. “Love,” writes Rav Kook, “must permeate our hearts […]
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