Rapture, and my anniversary

Yesterday marked the anniversary of my first post on Beliefnet. Perhaps it was the rapture, perhaps it was shabbat, but somehow, the whole thing slipped by unnoticed.

I starting writing this blog in early 2009 because I thought I might have a parenting book in me.

I don’t.

I moved to because I thought I’d might earn some meaningful income from the blog.

I have not.

I’ve kept plugging along because I thought more doors would open to me as a professional writer.

They haven’t.

Despite these disappointments, there have been some unexpected perks. I’ve received review copies of lots of wonderful books. I’ve been motivated to do something Jewish with my kids when I might otherwise have crapped out, just to have something to write about. Best of all, I’ve met (well, the way you “meet” people on line whom you’ve never actually met) some amazing folks – readers, children’s book authors, and other bloggers. Every once in a while, I’ve even found out that my writing has made a tiny difference in someone else’s Jewish parenting.


I’ll be honest – I’m not sure what the future of this blog looks like. I guess it’s obvious that I’m not as motivated as I once was. I’m teaching full time, and that has slowly chipped away at my energy for side projects that only pay for a couple of lattes (or one stiff martini) a month. Also, there are a lot more Jewish parenting websites and bloggers now than there were two and a half years ago. So, I know I’d be leaving you in good hands if I quit take a break.

And with that, Happy Anniversary. Or as Eeyore might say “Gaiety. Song and Dance. And here we go round the Mulberry Bush.”

Also, a Happy Lag B’omer. I’d post about what we are doing to celebrate, but I’m heading to NYC in about an hour to promote my upcoming children’s book, The Shabbat Princess. So here’s a link to what we did two years ago. It was awesome.




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Sarah Buttenwieser

posted May 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

Whatever you do I love sharing the blogosphere with someone I admire so much. In real life, too (because sometimes you’re lucky to be actual neighbors with your blogging pals).

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Kimberly Pearce

posted May 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

If you do take a break, I will miss you. I love reading your blogs. I think you’re a very gifted writer,and SO funny! I have three children whom I home-schooled from birth to graduation. So, I understand about not having energy to do other things. My husband and I are both gentiles -although I’m happy to say that in researching my genealogy, I found an ancestor with the surname of Nunez(Sephardic) who hailed from Galacia, Spain where there was a large population of Jews. I have no proof, but I’m fairly certain I’m little bit Jewish! Anyway, we’re gentiles, but through the ministry of Zola Leavitt, we learned that Jesus didn’t start a new religion, but a new sect of Judaism like Pharisees and such. So,we began attending a Messianic shul, and keeping Torah, and that’s how we raised our kids. Keeping Shabbat and no longer eating unclean meat caused our respective families to view us as quite odd, but we don’t care, we will follow God. I only found out about your blog about a month ago. I have so much enjoyed reading past articles. They have taken me back to when my children were your children’s ages. I’ll pray that you can find a way to continue the blog and that your book does well – I for one will by it! My husband’s brother and his wife are also Messianic and they have a young daughter that I can give it to. I’ll also buy one for our congregation’s Shabbat School. So two sold already!

Thank you and shalom,

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Kimberly Pearce

posted May 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm

After posting, I realized I had said Jesus started a new sect of Judaism. That’s not what I meant. I don’t know if His followers left their respective sects while He was on the earth or not, but eventually a Messianic sect formed.

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Emily Rosenfeld

posted May 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Happy Anniversary! (and thanks for always being real.)

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Mary Ellen

posted May 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I’ll miss you! I understand not having enough time for all the things we want to do, and sometimes being pulled in a different direction. But I hope you’ll continue to post from time to time. I’ve always enjoyed your posts, and hey, I won a book from you once! Best of luck!

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posted May 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Hope you keep posting occasionally. You have a great perspective on the difficult task of raising Jewish kids (and being a Jewish woman) in the make-it-up-as-you-go world of liberal Judaism.

If you give it another year I’ll send you an emtpy honey pot and a busted balloon. :)

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