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It’s November. Christmas is almost a month away. But even before the Halloween clearance candy was actually cleared, tinsel and plastic Santas were popping up at the ends of the supermarket aisles. “Why are they playing Jingle Bells already?” asked […]

One of the many things I’m thankful for is that my children love school. There’s never a battle in the morning to get them out the door (or if there is, it’s because I HATE THESE SHOES.) We are reminded […]

When I set the table for  Shabbat or Yom Tov, my children immediately recognize that this is no ordinary meal. It’s not just that the piles are cleared off the kitchen table (we don’t have a dining room), and that I’ve […]

I was scrolling down my twitter feed – something I rarely do – when a headline caught my eye: Orthodox Rabbi Marries Gay Couple in Washington DC. I couldn’t imagine that this article could really be about an Orthodox Rabbi […]

Many years ago, when I was studying at Drisha, a women’s yeshiva in New York, I was involved in a traditional women’s tefillah (prayer) group. During our services, women would chant from the Torah, and there was some controversy over […]

Next Sunday I’ll begin a month of travel to Jewish book fairs around the country to share my new picture book, The Shabbat Princess. If you live nearby, please come and introduce yourself! Sunday, October 30 Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Jewish […]

My daughter, Zoe, and her fifth-grade buddy beating willow branches on the ground  at their day school’s Hoshanah Rabbah assembly: Here’s part #1, part  #2 , part #3, and part-i’ve-lost-count, not necessarily in that order. Chag Sameach!

  Homeshuling is delighted to host this month’s Jewish Book Carnival, a gathering of blog posts about Jewish books.  Enjoy your visits to all the participating blogs, and please help promote the carnival by posting a link on your own […]

Nowhere is ritual more useful than in times of loss. When a loved one dies, it’s comforting to be part of a tradition that tells us what to do and what not to do, what to say and what not […]

Most sensible Jews (and all left-wing poultry) are opposed to kapparos, the High Holiday tradition of transferring one’s sins to a live chicken by twirling it over one’s head. I agree that it’s a practice that ought to be retired, or […]

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