Brisket taco recipe

Brisket Tacos with Pickled Onions

Brisket tacos are your new Shabbat favorite

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How to Be a Kosher Vegan in an Interfaith Family

Kosher + vegan + interfaith family. This should be interesting!

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Hebrew letter

Is it Time to Leave Our Orthodox Neighborhood?

Are we outgrowing the neighborhood I grew up in?

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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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3 types of charoset

Charoset Three Ways

Charoset 3 ways (Tropical, Persian-style & Tex-Mex) for your Passover seder

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How Two Faiths Collide

When my daughters question how Jewish or how Catholic they are, I can only hope that they meet a Spencer

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Quincineara Barbie

It’s been two weeks of vacation for my family in upstate New York. Nothing but fun, sun, relaxing walks by the lake, fishing and Quinceañera Barbie. Wait…what!? Here’s how Quinceañera Barbie came into my life. My daughter Helen Rose is American, Mexican, Jewish and Catholic. The question from my Jewish-American side of the family is […]

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What’s in a Name: My Favorite Torah Portion

My middle name is Miriam. I am named after Mark, my mother’s brother who was killed at the young age of 39. My name is a remembrance of him just as my daughter’s name is a reminder of my two Grandmothers, Helen and Rose. Names (and often specifically Jewish names) have great meaning and what […]

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How To Do a Mitzvah

In the local stores in my neighborhood it seems that everyone is pushing everyone else aside. People don’t say “excuse me” anymore. In the kosher bakery I get hit in the eye with a challah bread when one woman reaches past me, past Adrian and over Helen’s stroller. She really socks me one with the […]

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Avoiding “That Look” on Purim

It’s Purim again and I’m afraid to leave the house. During Purim, my neighborhood is like being inside a disco ball at Studio 54 in 1976—only there are a lot more Jews and no sign of Bianca Jagger riding a white horse. When I was growing up, Purim was not one of the major holidays […]

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