My Turn to Make the Passover Meal (with Grandma’s Potatoes)

Passover is approaching. The stores in my neighborhood have begun the process of taking the chametz (bread) off the shelves and replacing the inventory with matzah or other kosher for Passover items. This is a tradition and it is Jewish law. Because Moses led the Jews in escaping Egypt and the bread did not have […]

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Mysticism and My Newborn

    I believe in the mystical. Tarot Cards, Ouji boards, even the woman on the corner of Ocean Avenue who stares at me with one blue eye and one gray eye and says “you have a purple aura” when I walk by. Yes, I believe in her too. As I watch my newborn grow […]

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I’m Trying to Figure Out How to Raise a Jewish Kid as a Woman Who is Not Jewish

By Elizabeth Raphael This article was reprinted with permission from Kveller.com, a fast-growing, award-winning website for parents raising Jewish and interfaith kids. Follow Kveller on Facebook and sign up for their newsletters here. 2015 was a year of change for me, facilitated largely by the birth of my lovely dumpling of a daughter in February. […]

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A New Jewish Mothers First Attempt at Christmas Cookies

My mother lives three blocks away from me. Her house is filled with artwork. There is a statue of Moses and the Ten commandments on her piano, she has a ceramic dreidel collection in the living room and her Sabbath candlesticks sit on a high shelf in her dining room. Naturally, this December I decided […]

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An Open Letter to Judaism from an Interfaith Family

Dear Judaism, Well I’ve gone and done it. I didn’t mean to make you mad, but I can tell that I did. There I was, a Jewish girl from New York, living my life, building a career, being a young adult in a big city, when out of nowhere — BAM — I fell in love with a kind […]

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