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Eser to the Rescue: Passover Edition

Passover has always been my favorite Jewish holiday. The story of freedom, the props – 10 plague finger puppets, the inflatable matzah beach ball, the food (you know your yearly serving of gefilite fish was something to complain about BUT also an awesome way to get an extra dose of horseradish), the fashion (when your childhood dining room includes the stairs to the kids bedrooms, you have a perfect runway… Read Article →

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From Blissful Ignorance to Me’ah: Judaism “Catch Up”

I have always been Jewish–at least culturally. Yiddish, Jewish music, and of course Jewish food were evident in my home and that of my great grandparents who came from the “old country.” Although I didn’t have a bat mitzvah and usually attended services just on the High Holidays, I did go to a Reform Sunday school in a Boston suburb through confirmation, post-confirmation, and post-post-confirmation. Complexities regarding biblical heroes and… Read Article →

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Our Final Class Wasn’t So Final

After six years of wanting to take Parenting Through a Jewish Lens we finally made it happen this year. The 10 week PTJL course at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham certainly lived up to our expectations. It gave us access to Jewish ideas and practices, an understanding of how these can inform our everyday lives and a deeper appreciation for the things we were already doing in our homes. It… Read Article →

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Me’ah: My Journey Toward Immersion in a Vast Sea

I came to Me’ah as I came to Judaism: filled with a desire to immerse myself as much as possible in the incredible and vast sea of learning, wisdom, and spiritual wonder that Judaism evokes for me. I grew up in an intensely Catholic home, though my parents were a “mixed marriage.”  My mother was very devoutly Catholic – Irish-American through and through, of recent immigrant stock – and a… Read Article →

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I Feel My Grandmother’s Presence

My father’s family arrived in Israel/Palestine in about 1860 from somewhere in Russia. As I understand the history, the family move was motivated by strong Zionist feelings rather than by imminent pogroms. My father, born in 1916, was the third generation born in what was then the Ottoman Empire; he was born a Turk in pre-World War I Palestine. My paternal grandmother, Rachel Leah, was the middle child of seven… Read Article →