Today is the first day of Elul (although Rosh Chodesh began yesterday for reasons that are, well, complicated. For me and my daughters, it was also the first day of school. I’m exceptionally thoughtful and deliberate at the start of the school year, both as a kindergarten teacher and as a mom. In my classroom…

Today is Rosh Chodesh Elul, the celebration of the new moon and the new month. The Hebrew month of Elul is a time for reflection, repentance, and preparation for Rosh Hashanah, which is now one month away. My e-friend Phyllis Sommer, aka the Ima on the Bima, is encouraging Jewish bloggers to “Blog Elul” –…

I few months ago, around the time of Purim, I had the great honor of interviewing the children’s book author Eric Kimmel. Since then, he’s been kind enough to friend me on facebook and even write a nice blurb about The Shabbat Princess. So, I was thrilled when Kar-Ben offered me a review copy of…

Thursday night, my husband and I went out for dinner to celebrate our ninth anniversary. We were married in July, but had to delay our night out for a number of reasons (named Ella and Zoe). We ended up celebrating on the twelfth of Av, the exact date we were married on the Hebrew calendar.…

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ameltzer

I'm a mother of two girls, raised in suburban Baltimore, and transplanted to a small New England town. I teach, write, and try to create a vibrant Jewish home for my family while spending very little time in synagogue. I guess you could say we're home-shuling.

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