Helen at a pond

This Yom Kippur, I’m Hanging on to My Sins

This Yom Kippur, I’m hanging on to my sins as a parent

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US Border patrol

When Faith Reaches the Border

The young girl in the photo looks like my Helen

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Helen Fell on Her Head and I Prayed to Jesus, Sort of

Helen Fell on Her Head and I Prayed to Jesus, Sort of

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The Unraveling of Tradition

This year’s Rosh Hashanah became the beginning of a challenging New Year. Approaching the middle of my third trimester with a two-year-old at home I refused to cook. I spent the Wednesday afternoon before the festivities with my feet up while blowing bubbles for my daughter. There was only one small tantrum that occurred in […]

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Loss and Gain

The doctor calls Adrian and me saying, “Congratulations! You’re pregnant!” Adrian hugs me and we lift Helen up and kiss her little 16-month-old cheeks. “Helen! Helen!” we cry, “Helen you are going to have a little brother or sister!” Helen pushes our faces away not exactly understanding and gallops into the bedroom in search of […]

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Believing

On twitter and instagram, @imabima has made a list of writing prompts for the first two weeks of the month of Nissan.  I have decided to do my best and try to write something for each theme (each day).  Day 1 is Believing. I believe that G-d loves me and you.  I believe that G-d […]

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Conversion, Shared Spirituality and the Memorial Prayer

After the author converted to Judaism, shared experiences and art helped her connect to her mother’s spirituality and, ultimately, led to a beautiful and moving funeral.

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Differences?

Personal narrative by a grandmother describing the sweet and sensitive responses of all of her grandchildren, those raised Jewish and those raised Christian, to the death of their grandfather and her mourning.

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