Category: Interfaith Parenting

Our Community is Our Miracle

Our Community is Our Miracle
This picture contains so many miracles. See, all this week, Rivka has been talking about spinning her dreidel and getting a nun, which is what she wants. If you know the rules to the game, you DON’T want a nun, you want a gimmel, or a hey. But Rivka wanted a nun, because nun stands... Read more »

An Atheist Tefilah

An Atheist Tefilah
I do not generally pray. I recite the Shabbat prayers each Friday, on holidays, Yarzheits. I say the Shehecheyanu on special occasions, I respond to news of poor health with a mi shebeirach, to deaths with a mourner’s kaddish. But when it really comes down to it, I do not pray. To me the liturgy... Read more »

A Plea for 'Happy Holidays' during a Rise in American Antisemitism

A Plea for 'Happy Holidays' during a Rise in American Antisemitism
Last week, I stopped taking my children to the store. I’ll start again in a month or so, but for now, I am avoiding bringing them to any stores. Target, Walgreen’s, Jewel-Osco, Costco, anywhere that a family of five might regularly shop. It’s the only way I know to protect them from Christmas Creep. You... Read more »
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Hot Dogs, Birthdays, and Life's Big Questions

Hot Dogs, Birthdays, and Life's Big Questions
Yesterday was my husband’s thirty-sixth birthday. He has lived a third of his life knowing he has brain cancer. At some point in all of our lives, we have an existential crisis. A moment where we wake up in the morning and say to ourselves, “I’m going to die. One day, I’m going to be... Read more »

Nazis and Brain Cancer- A Waiting Game

Nazis and Brain Cancer- A Waiting Game
My husband had a seizure on Friday night. He was driving, halfway between Chicago and Ann Arbor, MI, alone. He was able to pull to the side of the freeway, and I was able to get family to collect him and drive him to me, where I was waiting, three hours away. It could mean... Read more »

Oral History of the New Colossus

Oral History of the New Colossus
Last month, I was honored to be a featured poet at a local Poets in Resistance event. Below is the transcript of the poem I read for the crowd. Please enjoy. Oral History of the New Colossus 1. I come from a people of wandering, Of desert paths swept clean of footprints by thousand year... Read more »
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When People in Your Actual Life are Actually Voting for Somebody who is Cool with You Being Set On Fire*

When People in Your Actual Life are Actually Voting for Somebody who is Cool with You Being Set On Fire*
This morning I may have had an icky exchange on facebook with somebody I thought I knew. And it may have resulted in a very long, very angry tirade about Donald Trump supporters. And I may have made the blanket statement, “If you’re voting for Donald Trump you are a bad person,” and I may... Read more »

Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Teaching My Kids About Yom Hashoah

Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Teaching My Kids About Yom Hashoah
Ten hours before the start of Yom Hashoah, I drove my children to school. They attend a Jewish school, which was important to me as a secular Jewish woman without the time to invent a million craft projects to squeeze in between a secular school’s Christmas and Easter related activities. Their Lutheran father is completely... Read more »

Finding Beauty in the Midst of Grief

Finding Beauty in the Midst of Grief
It is finally snowing. I’m sitting at my MIL’s home, watching a gentle white cloud cover dry grass and evergreens while a ceaseless soundtrack of the laughter and bickering of my children wafts from the basement. A little deer is limping through the snow, hopping on three legs as it picks its way through the... Read more »
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Busy as a Bumblebee

Busy as a Bumblebee
Hello, lovely readers!   You may have noticed I’ve been a bit absent from the blog lately. I promise you, I’m not gone for good. I’ve been writing for a few other people while I’ve been away! Here are some links to recent pieces: I Learned I Was Pregnant and Had Cancer on the Same... Read more »