Chanukah, food, holidays, iPPP, it's epic, living Jewishly, once in a lifetime, Thanksgiving

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

...Thanksgivukkah!Never before and never again in this lifetime will there be a holiday mashup quite as awesome as what's in store tomorrow: Thanksgivukkah. The Pilgrims and the Maccabees, both champions of religious freedom, will share a day tomorrow, which they won't do again for another 70,000 years:"This year, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will overlap, producing an… Continue reading It’s beginning to look a lot like…

living Jewishly, people I love, reflection

An unexpected answer

18-year-old Cheryl with Aunt Ruthie and cousin Ellen(along with Uncle Sam and cousins Ricky and Allen)At last night's Women's Passover Seder, the leader posed the question, "Which woman/women from your life had the biggest influence on you (Judaically speaking)?" The first participant spoke about her mother. Pondering the question for myself, my mind turned to… Continue reading An unexpected answer

#resound11, gratitude, living Jewishly, reflection, vacation

I’m leeeeaving on a jet plane…

The best gift I've given myself this year is that of travel. From the weeklong vacation I took to California at the beginning of January to see a dear friend get married, visit my dad, and meet my stepfamilysource imageto a Memorial Day reunion with my best friend in Chicagoto the impromptu Charleston dinner cruise… Continue reading I’m leeeeaving on a jet plane…

attitude, holidays, living Jewishly

Here’s to a new year!'Shanah Tovah! For those of us who practice the Jewish faith, it's the eve of a new year. As I throw bread into the lake tomorrow afternoon, a ritual known as tashlich, symbolizing the castoff of the year's transgressions, I will also symbolically purge all the negativity that has been standing in my own way. Asking… Continue reading Here’s to a new year!

about me, books, From Left to Write, living Jewishly

Growing Up Different, Trying to Look the Same

This post was inspired by Natasha Solomons' Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English. I received a complimentary copy of the book for review through the online book club, From Left to Write. You can read additional posts inspired by the book here.As one of only two Jewish kids growing up in a small northern town where the… Continue reading Growing Up Different, Trying to Look the Same