July 2010 Archives

My very first classroom teaching position was at Beit Rabban in New York City. The school was founded by Dr. Devora Steinmetz, a brilliant and inspiring educational leader. My own philosophy of Jewish education was so deeply influenced by hers […]

Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the earth. But we helped a little bit too. As you can see, we are very proud.

Tomorrow, my husband and I will celebrate our eighth anniversary. Our wedding was, without a doubt, the happiest day of my life. (Yes, having children brings me at least as much joy as having a husband, but after two c-sections, […]

The Jewish Blog Carnival, that is. Hosted this week by my friend, Rachel, aka ima2seven, Haveil Havailim is a roundup of all that went on this week in the Jewish blogosphere. There are no rides and no cotton candy, so […]

Written for The PJ Library  August e-newsletter Do you know that sinking, slightly nauseous, feeling you get when you and your kids return from a hot, lazy day of swimming and spitting watermelon seeds, only to find a back-to-school sale […]

Last week, just before we left for Cape Cod, I explained to my daughters that the family we were about to visit were Orthodox Jews. “Do you know what that means?” I asked. They both shook their heads no. I […]

If you live on the east coast, as I do, baking challah is probably the last thing on your mind. Because we don’t have central air conditioning, I avoid turning on my oven whenever the temperature goes above eighty degrees, […]

There are many wonderful ways to celebrate the Fourth of July as a family – parades, cookouts, beach vacations, camping trips, and of course, fireworks. (Watching them, not setting off your own, if you have any brains at all.)  While […]

Over the past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about how much I love our town. No longer spending more than half of my waking hours at work, I’ve had time to rediscover one of the reasons I fell […]