Tag: Judaism

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 »

Yinzer's Kaddish

Yinzer's Kaddish
I was born in Pittsburgh. My father was a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon, and my family was Jewish. We lived on Shadyside, in Squirrel Hill. We lived about a mile away from Tree of Life, and we attended a different Conservative congregation- one slightly closer to home. No doubt I found myself in the... Read more »

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 »
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Using Privilege To Bend the Moral Arc of the Universe Towards Justice

Using Privilege To Bend the Moral Arc of the Universe Towards Justice
On Sunday, I left my children behind. It felt like an absurdly privileged thing to do, to willfully drive away from my children, cross hundreds of miles, knowing I could call them at any time. That I could skype with them each evening before they went to bed. Knowing they were with family, that they were... Read more »

When the Angel of Death Passes You Over

When the Angel of Death Passes You Over
On Wednesday, M had another round of MRIs, another meeting with his neuro-oncologist, another of those long days where you are constantly both questioning and trying not to question. They’re hard days. No matter how romantic we get inside the hospital, they’re hard days. In some ways, they’re harder now then they used 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 »
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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 »

Four Words That Will Help Me Save the World

Four Words That Will Help Me Save the World
Two days before Thanksgiving, M had his every-so-many-monthly MRI. For us, it was what it nearly always is. Inconvenient, but not unwelcome. Stressful, but less so than so many other aspects of our lives. Worrisome, but by no means the most worrisome thing in our lives. To be honest, two weeks after the election the... Read more »

Praying with Sinners

Praying with Sinners
Tonight is Kol Nidre, the start of Yom Kippur. For Jews, that means it is a time of reflection. A time to ask ourselves what we have done wrong in the past year, and to reflect on how to become better people in the year to come.   This last year has been, without a... Read more »
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In Regards to My Nazi Followers

In Regards to My Nazi Followers
If you follow me on facebook, you might recall I recently banned a troll. I banned him because his username contained two references to the Nazi party. For those of you who don’t know, I’m Jewish, and I’m married to the grandson of a Lutheran pastor. To people like this commenter, I’m not even human.... Read more »