Bobsled team

Sometimes I Feel Like a Jamaican Bobsledder

Sometimes I feel like a Jamaican bobsledder. No doubt those guys in 1988 got some funny looks when they first took their positions at the top of the track.  What unlikely warm-climate candidates they were for an icy sport.  They didn’t look like the other bobsledders, they didn’t sound like the other bobsledders, and their lives, I’m sure, had very…


Vacation Every Week?

Walking through the wind-tunneled, icy rain drop covered streets of Manhattan… … Arriving home and pulling off soaked boots and coats as the heat of inside envelops. Waking up with the flu but still having to work or care for family or go to school… … Finishing the efforts of the day and finally going horizontal under a pile of…


Stress Free Chanukah?

This is going to be a very short entry… Why? Like many of you, I’m pooped. This is always a busy season. Between work responsibilities (heading out tonight for a rehearsal!), mommy responsibilities (went to two school concerts and a debate meet over the weekend!), life responsibilities (the garage door is fixed!), and general worries, stresses, and plans that are…


Does there have to be a December Dilemma?

Fear or Love? I’m going to try to navigate through this holiday season with love. For those of us who don’t celebrate Christmas, navigating our ways though this season without fear can be a daunting task.  There are Christmas parties, Santas at the mall, trees with presents, and our Jewish children are peering at it all with wide eyes, wondering…


Mindful Judaism

Judaism is a tradition of gratitude. It is said, in Jewish practice, that we should say 100 blessings each day.  Jewish structure helps us reach that goal by providing blessings for when we wake, when we eat, when we pray, when we see beauty, light candles, wash our hands, drink wine… just about everything. Any child who gets a little Jewish…


Muslims, Jews, and Friendship

I grew up in a town that was about 50% Jewish. My best friend… was Muslim. Granted, we were definitely not the most observant Jews and they were definitely not the most observant Muslims, but we were who we were.  I knew some of their relatives in Iran didn’t approve of our friendship, but that always seemed to me like…


Shoppin’ on Shabbat

As I was approaching the Farmer’s Market in my neighborhood, I noticed a homeless man standing across the street.  He was directly in my path.  My mind went through a few options… 1.  Cross in the opposite direction so I don’t have to deal.  2.  Pass by and smile but refuse if he asks for anything.  3.  Give him a…


Yom Kippur/Forgiveness and the Major Scale

L’Shana Tovah everyone!! Thought I would share the “mini-sermon” I gave at our Kol Nidre service.  Enjoy! —————————- I was taking a walk with my music in shuffle mode. I usually listen on shuffle because often, something I would have never chosen, pops up and inspires me. Last week, I took a walk and a choral piece called “Solfeggio”, by…


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