The Leaning Sukkah of Flores

Today on I am going to walk you through what happens when the Flores Family attempts to make this for the first time: ...more

A New Year and a Chance to Be Better (Really)

But about five years ago, my husband and I began a journey to a more observant life and came to understand that these days -- the Days of Awe -- have a deep meaning indeed. We pray that God will write us in the Book of Life for another year. "On Rosh Hashanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it is sealed." It is a chance to think about how we live -- and love. Of what kinds of people we really are, and how we treat those around us. We repent those sins we know we have committed and those we don't realize we've done. Here's what I wrote about it on my own blog a couple of years ago. ...more

I just wrote the flip side of this - why I don't observe Yom Kippur, but I really loved reading ...more

Yay or Nay: A Bible Verse In A Non-Religious Magazine

I posted a rant a while back on my blog (Woman's Day Magazine Irks Me). For the record, I'm not some crazy devil-worshiper who gets offended easily and tries to censor every little thing. I just don't feel that it's appropriate for a non-religious magazine that intends to appeal to all women to have a bible verse as a feature in every issue....more
"This ended up being much more of a big deal to people than I'd expected. Am I right to think ...more

It's Women's History Month 2010 ANd My Daughter Becomes A Woman


Feminism and Judaism: The Fast of Esther, the Bravery of Vashti, and the Calm Before Purim

The three days before Esther went to speak to King Ahasuerus, she and her handmaidens fasted. Requesting an audience with her husband was tricky business, after all, her predecessor, Queen Vashti, had been executed for refusing to attend her husband's party ("attend" seems to be a child-friendly way of saying that the king wanted her to entertain his friends with an ancient, Persian-style pole dance). ...more

These women for me are trendsetter and ahead of their time. We all can learn lessons form Esther ...more

Need an answered prayer?

JMJ Do you have a prayer request? A special need?  Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email.  All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed.  Then... This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY!  Wow.  I had no idea!  That is just so cool... ...more

Head Scarves For Fashion Or Hair Loss Due To Medical Reasons

What does a woman do when they are faced with a bad hair day or worse than that no hair day?  All my life my hair was thin and lifeless....more

Donated Embryos and the New Israeli Ruling on Establishing Jewish Heritage

The arbitrating rabbis in Israel reversed an important decision concerning donor eggs this week; speeding through the passing of a new law and emotionally affecting even non-Israeli Jewish families. It's a case of a good impulse gone horribly, horribly wrong without regard to the emotional repercussions--either for the parents or the child. ...more

I feel like it's one of those things where what you'd do on paper and what you'd do in the ...more

Well, the Kids Can't Come Home - So How Are We Doing?

Here's what happens as we move through life:  our holidays are very different things.   Our older son and his new wife are living in London and traveling in the Middle East - sending enroute an "on our way" email.  .  Our younger son invited us to San Francisco but air fare and hotels are prohibitive.  My husband has a law school paper due in January.  My work as a web editor never ends.  This will NOT be a family time of year....more