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Light Posting This Week and Next

Your blogiste will be getting ready for Passover, spring planting and travelling to visit family. So don’t expect too much from me. I’ll be back to normal mid-week next week, by about the point that I never, ever want to see another piece of matzah again. Back to Passover cleaning. Hope all of your houses…

Stepping into the Future

Headed offline for Rosh Hashana, but leaving you with hopes for a happy, healthy, bright New Year. Happy New Year to all! Sharon

While I’m On Vacation…

Somehow this week has turned into a lovely, but incredibly overscheduled period. Besides the usual sabbath (which I can use this week), and the fact that it has finally melted off enough to clean the buck pen, move the bucks up the hill and move the chicks out of the bathtub (adorable as they are…

The great thing about most Jewish holidays is that they go on forever (well, 8 days, mostly), so lazy writers have a chance to get their act together late in the holiday and make it look like they planned it. Meanwhile, I have write about 73 things before tonight and then we’re leaving tomorrow for…

Passover is a holiday deeply concerned with inclusion – at one point during each seder night, we open our doors and leave them open wide, and call out “let all who are hungry come and eat.” One year, teaching Hebrew School to 10 year olds, I asked them what would happen if they called out…

My Purim Spiel

Note: It is customary at the Jewish holiday of Purim to give money to charity, and also to give out Mishloach Manot, or gifts of food to friends and family. This week, besides being just a bit more than a month before my book deadline, is the grand baking festival of hamantaschen. Hamantaschen are filled…

I serve on a committee at my synagogue that brings in speakers every year for a series of talks and special meals. It is a small comittee, and before I joined, the average age of the participants was probably close to 70. The former chair is a formidable and funny woman in her early 90s,…

The second night of Chanukah, my sons got clothes from their great aunt, which they received politely but unenthusiastically. As we were heading to bed that night, after a late night at our synagogue’s annual Chanukah party, six year old Isaiah asked me “Mommy, will tomorrow night be another clothes present night?” When I told…

Note: Tonight is the sixth night of Chanukah, the night we remember Judith hacking off Holofernes’ head by eating cheese (yes, there is a reasoning behind that strange statement), and I really had planned to write a post about that. But it is also Isaiah’s sixth birthday and deep in the grading nightmare for the…