Not too long ago I felt overwhelmed by every aspect of cooking and entertaining. Then, in a relatively short amount of time, I became a Shabbat-dinner-making, Sukkah-decorating, Seder-creating, full-fledged balebusta.

Balebusta, roughly translated as a “praise-worthy homemaker” is the Yiddish term for the absolute last thing I would have predicted for my adult life. . .

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Nina is a columnist at The HerStories Project and Great New Books. Her essays have been published regularly at Brain Child Magazine, The Huffington Post, Kveller, The Jewish Daily Forward, and have appeared at On Being, Motherwell, Modern Loss, Today Show Parenting, Scary Mommy, and elsewhere. She's a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio, and she lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.