Helen opening a door

We Aren’t as Different as My Neighbors Think

Why my American-Jewish-Mexican-Catholic family confuses our neighbors

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Helen Turns 2 in English, Spanish and Hebrew

I can’t believe my first baby girl is already 2! In the beginning of this journey into parenthood I can remember the wise women of the synagogue next door to our apartment shouting, “Enjoy this time! It goes so fast,” as Adrian and I whisked Helen off to the park, to doctor’s appointments, to family […]

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Blessings: Immersion in the Mikveh for Conversion

The blessings said when immersing in a mikveh for the purposes of converting to Judaism.

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The Word They’ll Learn the Best

First words. What was my own first word? Probably “Mama,” though now my mother doesn’t remember. She does remember my brother’s first word, which was “arrow.” This is because she was constantly driving around the block with him in his car seat trying to put him to sleep. He would see the arrow on the […]

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English Cottage Pie with Flanken Short Ribs

Shepherd’s pie is an old English, Irish and Scottish peasant food. It’s traditionally made with minced lamb and is topped with mashed potatoes. An earlier version of this dish is known as cottage pie. Cottage pie was typically made with ground beef. Whether it’s cottage pie or shepherd’s pie the essentials are potatoes and an […]

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Mi Shebeirach Blessing

A video of the Mi Shebeirach, a blessing of healing, with lyrics and translation.

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Does OK Really Mean OK?

Personal narrative from an ethnically Jewish Buddhist about the linguistic difficulties she has in disagreements with her Tibetan Buddhist husband.

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Is Judaism Necessarily Insular?

Personal narrative telling a woman?s thoughts about how to make Judaism less insular and the synagogue environment more welcoming, prompted by the?frustration?her non-Jewish husband felt at a Conservative Shabbat service.

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JACK Jewish-American-Chinese Kid

The personal narrative of a young man who is very proud of his diverse background– Chinese, American, and Jewish.

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Understanding Transliteration and Translation

You may have seen Hebrew words written in Roman characters (transliteration) in many different ways, and translated in a variety of different ways as well. This can make learning Hebrew and saying prayers more confusing, but there are good reasons why all this diversity exists…

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