It's Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av. Every beginning of each Jewish month is celebrated as Rosh Chodesh (literally the head of the month), a mini-holiday that is particularly tied to women. Many women take the day off from all housework and relax a bit or say tehillim (psalms). This month, though, it's also the beginning of … Continue reading The 9 Days and the Month of Av
The sun, in his vanity rules the skies today is his day his highest achievement his conquest of the night the moon hides herself the sky is full of his light It also is the beginning of his downfall Tomorrow and every day after the night wins back precious time escaping from her exile deep … Continue reading Summer Solstice
Two weeks ago, I got a package in the mail that I had been anxiously awaiting. I took a deep breath before unwrapping it, nervous, hopeful. It was like I was carefully measuring hope, not wanting to get TOO hopeful and be disappointed, but still really hoping. That package was a wig and I have … Continue reading Healing My Relationship With Wigs
The best laid plans can all be upended by a single plaintive cry from someone smaller than myself. Her eyes had that glazed over look and her cheeks were flushed in that way every mother is familiar with and I knew, in an instant, down to my gut that despite all the carefully packed Shabbos … Continue reading A Shabbos to Bottle Up Time
I'm listening to a fantastic shiur, the kind of deep learning that makes my mind ache a little, like a muscle that's been well-used. I know when I'm learning something that feeds me when it changes how I look at the world around me. Have you ever gone on a long trip away from home … Continue reading Finding the Holiness…Right Where You Are.
It's so still outside that it's worth the insomnia that kept me up to see it and, more importantly hear it. Underneath the stillness, there are birds calling to each other, first just the dark blue jays, so much bigger than the jays I grew up with and missing the white. They're as large as … Continue reading Eruv Shabbos, the World Inhales