My Shabbat Candles

When I light Shabbat candles, I know that thousands of women are completing the exact same ritual, at the same time. As did our mothers and grandmothers before us. As millions of Jewish women have done for centuries, around the world. One little match, two candles, focus, and intention make me expand beyond myself. For … More My Shabbat Candles

The Boy I Once Knew

  I wrote this August 28, 2003. 14 years later, the sadness has not changed…. I once knew a boy. He was a beautiful boy. Charismatic and charming and a tiny bit naughty, he was very appealing. So often I find myself saying, “once” and “was”, speaking about people in the past tense. Thinking about people … More The Boy I Once Knew

New Year of the Trees: a love story between a people and their land

Can you imagine living in exile? Knowing that, although you have lived all your life in one place, as have your parents and maybe even grandparents, you belong to a different land? The Jewish people lived in exile for centuries. Their religion and traditions did not allow them to forget… Maybe, most of all, it … More New Year of the Trees: a love story between a people and their land