A Sukkot Lesson: Shaky Huts and Burning Houses

Almost exactly five years ago to the day, my parents got a call that all people dread: their home (the one of my childhood) was up in flames. Fortunately, no one was in it at the time of the fire, and the major damage was confined to the back of the house. But still, it came out […]

You Gotta Have Faith, Faith, Faith: Why Emunah Is A Choice And Not A Leap

The other day, upon returning from a trip to the supermarket, groceries in tow (or rather in hand), I realized that I had left my keys at home. But just then, wouldn’t you know, one of our neighbors walked through the lobby at the exact right moment to catch my flailing arms in his peripheral vision. “Hashgacha prutis” (Divine Providence) I […]

Can’t (See or) Touch This! Building A Relationship With An Invisible Being

The other day, as I was sitting in the kitchen after school with my children, I started thinking about how fortunate I am to have such wonderful kids. (In other words, everyone had slept through the night, and no one was fighting that moment!) I told my kids, “I can’t believe that Hashem (what we call God, but literally […]

Tossed Torah: Why So Many Jews Are Willing To Let Go Of Their Heritage

My friend Tammy makes the best salad I’ve ever had. She fills it with yummies like avocados, caramelized almonds, and toasted sunflower seeds. When you eat salad at Tammy’s house – which I highly recommend you do should the opportunity ever arise – don’t be surprised when you find yourself taking third and fourth helpings […]

New Year’s Resolutions and Stinky Pantries

There’s been a strange smell in our kitchen pantry for some time now. I’m not proud to admit it, but it’s been nothing short of an olfactory nightmare. My husband and I have searched for the stench many times to no avail. Odors do have a knack for being hard to trace, after all. We’ve […]

What If Moshiach (the Messiah) Stood Us Up?

Dear Jew in the City- I have read your blog many times and usually I enjoy it. I am very disturbed by one post in particular: Dirty, Money Grabbing Parasitic Vermin: Anti-Semitism Is Alive And Well. I am more disturbed by the passage from Deuteronomy than by the baseball loving Jew hater. As a Jew from […]

Thanksgiving Food for Thought: Don’t Let Your Jewish Heritage Go to Waste

To say that my six-year-old daughter is a picky eater would be an understatement of gastric proportions. If you wanted to count all the known foods in the universe she consumes you’d need only two hands and a couple of toes. One of the reasons this persnickety child eats such little variety is her unwillingness […]

Dirty, Money Grabbing, Parasitic Vermin

Dirty money grabbing, parasitic vermin. Hitler should have finished his good work. If it were legal, I would murder every God forsaken kike around me with a Louisville Slugger. But it’s not, so I’ll just keep waiting for the next chance we get. So, yeah – that’s a message I got last week from a […]

Meter Made In Heaven: Why God Chose To Build The Temple There

Today was a typical day: carpool pick-up, after school errands, and a trip to the local pizza store for dinner. When we got out of the car, I grabbed two quarters from my wallet for the parking meter. I handed the first quarter to my younger (four-year-old) daughter who promptly told me, “My sister can go […]

Shake Off The Crumbs of Laziness: The Motivation In Matza

I’ve been known to eat cookies in bed even though mothers tell you not to. Such a yummy food in such a cozy place is almost the perfect combination were it not for those tiny crumbs that irritate the skin more than they ought to. This time of year (before Passover) crumbs irritate the soul […]

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