Blood Moon

May 20, 2022

[photo credit: Jonah Gottfried]   Watching the Lunar Eclipse Voice Memo 1: In the last ten minutes, seeing how it’s slowly disappearing, I can only imagine how the ancient people felt when they saw this. They must have been terrified, or at the very least baffled, confused. What was happening?! It’s very eerie, spooky, Jonah said. Henry doesn’t understand why we’re sitting on the neighbor’s stoop outside in the middle of the night. Voice Memo … Read more

In Loving Memory of Eugene Friedman

May 13, 2022

“We live for seventy years, or eighty, if we are strong. Teach us how short our time is; let us know it in the depths of our souls.” I first met Eugene 32 years ago, when David and I were dating and I had completed 2 years of rabbinical school. I still remember him telling me that he wasn’t “religious.” Yet he was always respectful of my Jewish learning and personal observance. In those early … Read more

Beauty and Holiness

May 6, 2022

I’m guest blogging this week for two of my favorite Jewish homes, and I invite you to visit them: On Bayit Builders Blog you’ll find Magnifying Beauty: Tiferet and #ColorTheOmer which contains photographs and video artist statements of my four students’ work, as well as a link to my Artist Statement. Bayit’s Builders Blog is a go-to portal for Jewish ritual and spiritual innovation, design thought, and practical tools for Jewish life. If you’d like … Read more

Spiritual Coloring Book

April 28, 2022

What a busy week! After an extended Spring Break, we returned to school on Monday, nine days into the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. During this period in the Jewish calendar, some Jews adopt the spiritual practice of Sefirat Ha-Omer, the counting of the days and weeks in anticipation of the upcoming festival.   This period in The Weber School calendar is also the beginning of a countdown to the end of the semester. With … Read more

On the Seventh Day

April 21, 2022

Passover preparations in our house begin on Rosh Hodesh Nisan and continue non-stop until the moment we begin the first seder. In 2020 and 2021, additional technological preparedness was required—including making sure our family who were quarantined outside of Metro Atlanta were able to join us on Zoom. But this year’s preparation took on a different flavor as I spent the last few weeks getting ready for the seventh day of Passover, which coincides with … Read more

Inviting Serah to the Seder

April 15, 2022

Tonight our family will gather with friends around the dining room table to begin the Passover seder. During the course of the evening, we’ll tell the story of our ancestors’ experience of being redeemed, reading from the haggadah, a book that includes blessings, songs, and stories compiled by rabbis over centuries. This year, we’re adding a new narrative voice to our seder, that of Seraḥ bat Asher. Seraḥ daughter of Asher, granddaughter of Jacob, is … Read more

PAD: Day 3

April 5, 2022

Happy National Poetry Month! To celebrate, I’ve decided to participate in the 2022 April Poem A Day (PAD) Challenge. Of course, I’ll miss a few days for Sabbaths and Passover, but I’m not concerned since it’s just for fun. So far, it has been great fun to respond to the prompts, posted daily by Robert Lee Brewer. I’m enjoying keeping the poetry-writing muscle engaged by playing in the poetry sandbox for 10-15 minutes each afternoon. … Read more

Newsletter (Spring 2022/Nisan 5782)

March 31, 2022

I’m finding my way back to blogging, following a 3 three-month hiatus that also included a six-week break from Facebook. During this time I created curricular units, source sheets and lesson plans; taught classes and facilitated book club discussions; read 21 books; and attended a weekly Spiritual Poetry Writing class. I’ve also been attending a Daf Yomi class on Sunday mornings and weekly weight lifting classes at Orangetheory Fitness, in addition to my regular workouts. … Read more

Tree Hugger’s Holiday

December 30, 2021

While we’re celebrating the secular new year this weekend, we welcome the new month of Shevat in the Jewish calendar on Monday, January 3rd. This is the month in which we celebrate the new year of the trees, Tu B’Shevat. Growing up in the northeast, we celebrated this holiday in the middle of winter by singing songs about the almond trees blooming in Israel and eating almonds, dried figs and bokser, chewy carob pods that … Read more

Six Months Later

December 24, 2021

In early June, I began to consider abandoning my Reading Challenge goal of reading 54 books in 2021. My mind was consumed by COVID concerns and too distracted to read an entire book for pleasure. Other than reading to prepare for classes and book club, I mostly leafed through magazines during the first 6 months of the year. Then, inspired by an email from Fulton County Library System notifying me that my library card had … Read more