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All seven days we treat our sukkah as our regular dwelling and our house as our occasional dwelling. – Mishnah Sukkah 2:9There is an odd sense of peace that comes over me during … more
After weeks of tireless watering, I realized that my many tomato plants had yielded only a few tiny, wizened cherry tomatoes. In fact, my garden as a whole had very little to show for the gallons of … more
This week’s Torah portion, the first parashah of the fifth book, Devarim – literally “words,” but often translated as “Deuteronomy” – serves as a background … more
Years ago, I was at a party at the home of some friends. Several of us were sitting on a couch as their five-year-old child was playing noisily with some toys by our feet. The person next to me told … more
Moish and Sara were clearing the old clothes from their closets. “Hey, look what I found in the pocket of one of your suits!” Sara called out, holding a claim ticket in her … more
My wife, our two daughters and I acquired a new family member in January: we finally took the reentry plunge into dog ownership by welcoming Rilla, an Australian labradoodle, into our home. The … more
Two years ago, a couple hours before Passover started, I cried for the first time about the pandemic. My husband and I had planned to have our families come in from out of state, to share food and … more
In her recent book “Burnout – The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle,” researcher Emily Nagoski focuses on the physiological manifestations of chronic stress in the body and the … more
Our sages teach MiSheNichnas Adar Marbin B’Simcha (Ta’anit 29a), “when the month of Adar begins, one increases rejoicing.” It may seem counterintuitive to say this when, … more
As a young teen, I remember asking my teachers why the Jewish people needed to be enslaved in Egypt for hundreds of years. Now, as our cycle of Torah readings has us once again focusing on Egypt, the … more
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