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 at the very least conducted far from news photographers. But, I must admit – I…

Beliefnet bloggers were asked to contribute our memories of 9/11 for a collective piece called “Where were you on 9/11?” My piece can be found there, shortened to 200 words or less. Here’s the original. On 9/11, I was a first grade teacher at a Jewish day school in Western Massachusetts . With no media…

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…

I’m a lousy fundraiser. We have a $1,500 fundraising obligation each year for our daughters’ day school, and every year we end up paying almost the whole thing out of pocket because I hate asking people for money. Even for something I believe in. (Thanks to bubbie for giving without my having to ask…) But.…

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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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