27 Nov, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2014|Tags: |

Happy Thanksgiving! These fun centerpieces were made by the Kindergarteners at the school where I work. Discovering happy objects created by the kids is one of the reasons I love [...]

31 Oct, 2014

Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2014|Tags: , |

This guy spooked me for a second! I was absentmindedly walking up to the sidewalk in front of this house after parking my car, fiddling with my purse to put [...]

3 Oct, 2014

In Awe of Kol Nidre

October 3rd, 2014|Tags: , |

Stained glass window front at Chicago Loop Synagogue My essay on Kol Nidre was published a year ago, and on the eve of another Yom Kippur it is as relevant [...]

25 Sep, 2014

Wandering the Streets of Akko

September 25th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Today is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, so I thought I'd share another glimpse of Israel, from a day trip my daughter and I took to Akko in July. [...]

24 Apr, 2014

Joy is…

April 24th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Detail of our Passover Seder table before the festivities begin ...singing the traditional silly folk songs with my kids at the end of the Passover Seder. We have our own [...]

16 Mar, 2014

Happy Purim!

March 16th, 2014|Tags: , |

Today is the holiday of Purim when Jews make merry to celebrate the deliverance of the Jewish community in Persia in the 5th century B.C.E. by Queen Esther and her [...]

24 Dec, 2013

My Quandary with Christmas Music

December 24th, 2013|Tags: |

First of all: Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it! Secondly, my essay about my very own quandary with Christmas music, "Can a Jew Love Christmas Music?" appeared today in Tablet [...]

6 Dec, 2013

Making Do

December 6th, 2013|Tags: |

  Water spout at Andersen Gardens, Rockford, IL We had a Thanksgiving without a turkey, and not by design. As I turned on the oven to bake the pies my [...]

27 Nov, 2013

Happy Chanukah! Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2013|Tags: , |

  Walking through the preschool building at my son's school always lifts my spirits because I will come across funny and cute creations like these Menurkeys (= Menorah Turkey), created, in this [...]

13 Sep, 2013

My Ode to Kol Nidre…

September 13th, 2013|Tags: , |

Chicago Loop Synagogue Window Detail ...was published yesterday in Tablet Magazine: Kol Nidre Showed Me... Meanwhile I am looking forward Yom Kippur and am basking, just a little bit, in [...]

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