Category Archives: Jewish “stuff”

My Thoughts on a “Jewish Christmas”

Bryan building our sukkah

Yes, it’s October, not December. And that is exactly why I have some thoughts on the real “Jewish Christmas.” Hanukkah is for amateurs! You want the real deal? Meet Sukkot. (Feast of the Tabernacles in English.) Still don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s a quick background on the holiday. You don’t need all the info, however, to understand why I’m calling Sukkot the real…

Friday Finds: Early October

edina mag collage

I should probably call these Thursday Finds. Alas . . .  1. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel At Great New Books I recommended The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. My book club read it as well and it was a hit. I tried to articulate the appeal in…

Forgiveness Without the Apology

I find the easiest part of this time of year in the Jewish calendar to be the commandment to ask others for forgiveness. And that is actually not that easy, but it’s infinitely less hard than letting go of a grudge, especially when the person you are upset with has not apologized. For my Yom…

3 Ideas For a Meaningful Holiday

a meaningful high holiday

Don’t think I’m crazy, but I have some ideas to change my approach (and your approach) to the High Holiday season. Honestly, even if you’re not Jewish, these are methods that could make a difference for other holidays, too. Do you trust me? If we want this year’s holidays to feel different, then we have to try…

Topics I Avoid In My Writing

photo by Carolyn Tiry via flickr

Some people have asked why I’m not writing about the situation in Israel. Fair question. Here’s my August column at Tcjewfolk.com, which will tell you why I’ve avoided that topic as well as four other topics that I purposely avoid in my writing. Please join me at tcjewfolk.com with “Things I Don’t Write About on the Internet.”…

How We Celebrate The Fourth of July

July 4th, 2013

The Fourth of July is not a Jewish holiday, but my heritage and my husband’s heavily influences the way we “observe” this particular American celebration. Not everyone will agree with our view, but I hope you’ll read about it anyway. Come see what I mean by “observe” and let me know what you do on The Fourth. I’m…

The Challenge of Being Welcoming

kveller.com

I have some thoughts on the difference between saying you’re welcoming and being welcoming. The former is easy and the latter takes genuine thought, action, and empathy. Here’s why I’m thinking about this at all: Last month I wrote an article for Kveller.com wondering if I spend too much thinking about Judaism in general. It was also a…