You’re Talking To Gd Wrong: Milra & Mileil

Is it SHA-bat or sha-BAT? Hage-DO-lim or hagedo-LIM? V’a-HAV-ta or v’ahav-TA? And does it really matter?

Well, in that last case? Yes. Extremely much. Continue reading You’re Talking To Gd Wrong: Milra & Mileil


My Atonement With Gd

The high holy holidays have now ceased to be one of joy and celebration and have transitioned to sober repenting as Yom Kippur comes and goes.

This past year has been a challenge. During Rosh Hashanah services, weirdly enough, I began to reflect on the struggles I have encountered. Naturally, I questioned if Gd was out to get me. Continue reading My Atonement With Gd

You’re Talking to Gd Wrong

It happens to me every year. Every holiday. Every day, in fact.

I come across this one word, and my soul cringes inside my body knowing that millions of Jews have absolutely no clue that they’re saying it wrong. I didn’t know that I’d been saying it wrong for years myself until I stumbled across a random shul newsletter a few years back.

And, seeing as how this word is one of Gd’s names, saying it wrong is kind of a big deal. Continue reading You’re Talking to Gd Wrong

Off The Other Derech

“Off the Derech”, the term used to describe formerly frum Jews, is sort of a misnomer. It implies that there is one way to be an observant Jew, and one way to be a non-observant Jew. In reality, it would be difficult to draw lines to divide up the spectrum of practices among frum and frei alike. Leah Kleim, known online as “Rebbetzin”, saw that there were many people who, although no longer religious, still wanted to connect with others on Shabbos. She decided to create a Facebook group called OTD Shabbos, where any Jew can connect to make plans to celebrate Shabbos.

To find out more I interviewed Leah about the formation of the group, her goals, and its success so far. Continue reading Off The Other Derech 

Old Shul v New Shul

For both personal and professional reasons, I’ve moved a lot. Seven states all together, not counting the duplicates (California twice, three times in Illinois).

That’s also meant changing synagogues. I’ve got the routine down. Meet the rabbi. Get in good with whoever runs Sisterhood, because that’s who’s really in charge. Volunteer for something to meet some people. And pay dues at whatever level you can afford to make sure you’re on the mailing list. Continue reading Old Shul v New Shul

Fashionable Summertime Modest Style : Yes, It’s A Thing!

On a hot summer day a woman in a cotton wifebeater and a pair of jeans looks me up and down. I hold my breath because I know what’s coming next.

“Aren’t you boiling in that?” she says to me.

I’m wearing a long ankle length maxi skirt and a pretty, ivory, flowy cotton elbow-length top.

“Nope.” I reply. Continue reading Fashionable Summertime Modest Style : Yes, It’s A Thing!

Trendy Summertime Hair & Makeup Looks

Hey girls!

It’s seriously a scorcher out there! It goes without saying that wrapping your hair up in a bun and going makeup-less for a day in this summer heat is what you feel like doing everyday. Because let’s be honest–when it’s boiling hot out there wearing your hair down and having a full face of makeup can be super uncomfortable. Continue reading Trendy Summertime Hair & Makeup Looks

Spark Reclaimed. At Least For Now.

A few weeks ago I took my family camping on Shabbos. The goal was to get back to the essence of Shabbos. I wanted to feel Shabbos the way I felt it many years ago. I wanted to be excited about it and feel a connection to Hashem. Because I love spending time in the woods and feel most at home in a wilderness environment I thought that camping Shabbos was the answer to feeling good about Shabbos again. Continue reading Spark Reclaimed. At Least For Now.

They’re All Our Boys

Guest Post by Adrienne “Adina” Yoe

One year has passed since our hearts and dreams were shattered when the Israeli government announced they had found the bodies of our boys – Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali a’h. When I first heard that three Jewish Israeli boys had been kidnapped in Gush Etzion, Israel last summer, I felt my heart stop. Like many members of the Jewish community, I did not feel that Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali were anonymous strangers or co-religionists. Continue reading They’re All Our Boys

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