Gratitude, Love and Life

Being stuck in a car for three hours with my mother, Adrian (my significant other) and our baby girl, Helen Rose, is just part of the beauty of Thanksgiving. I should note that being born and raised in Mexico, Adrian doesn’t know a lot about our American holiday, so I began by explaining that sitting […]

READ MORE
Liz and baby Helen

Mourning, Friendship and the Future

There is a way to mourn in Judaism and then there is what really happens over the years

READ MORE

But You’re Not Really Jewish, Right?

“But you’re not really Jewish right?” This has been a question I have been asked since I was big enough to walk. My family celebrates all of the big holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover to name a few. The women in my family don’t wear long skirts and the men don’t wear black […]

READ MORE

Own Your Judaism

Sometimes Jews who don’t live their lives by the rubrics of Jewish law feel inauthentic in their identity or less Jewish than more observant Jews. I often hear phrases like, “we weren’t that religious” or “we were very Reform” to describe an upbringing that did not include regular synagogue attendance or Shabbat rituals, for instance.  […]

READ MORE

Shabbat Weddings Revisited: The Pro Side for a Change

Arguments for Reform rabbis to officiate at weddings on Shabbat. Reprinted from the CCAR.

READ MORE

It Lives!

Yes, yes indeed, the ketuba was ultimately not killed off and is going to be very much alive and present at our wedding ceremony. I was put off at the thought of a ketuba at the beginning. As stated in my previous post, Ketuba or Not to Ketuba, I relentlessly swayed back and forth on […]

READ MORE

Preparing the Body for Burial

Explanation of the preparation of a dead body for burial in the Jewish tradition.

READ MORE

My Conversion Story

The personal narrative of a Jewish woman who learned about Judaism with her husband as he prepared for conversion.

READ MORE