Judaism


Visiting Christmas
Family, Judaism |
December 13, 2017

Visiting Christmas

As a child, we rarely lived in an area with a large Jewish population. While I was born in NYC, we moved around from the time I was about seven for my father’s job. The first response I always get to that statement is the question, “Oh was he military?” and I always say, “sort of, he’s a rabbi.” My father’s rabbinical jobs took us to a college town then a tiny vacation/snow bird town in Florida. Needless to say, I didn’t grow up with a huge Jewish community or many of......

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Seeking Forgiveness In A Facebook World - GrokNation

Recently, I wrote an article for Mayim Bialik’s website GrokNation on forgiveness and Yom Kippur. I am so thankful to now have the opportunity to stretch my writing muscles since I am self employed (and thankful to have friends who encourage it! Ahem-EstherK-ahem). This piece sort of came out of nowhere and everywhere at once. I was searching for a topic that was Jewy but not too Jewy and a post popped up on my Facebook feed… then another one. All of these asking for forgiveness. I thought back to how many......

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The Value of Mom Friends

I didn’t get the concept of ‘mom friends’ until we started trying to have a baby. I joined the “You are having a baby due in December 2014” group immediately. We all obsessed about the same stuff and it felt like a pretty safe space to talk about all the things I really wanted to talk about but my husband was uninterested in. And then we lost our first baby. And the moms who had been there before guided me through my grief. Then I joined the “You are having a baby due......

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An Ode To Parsley
Judaism |
April 13, 2016

An Ode To Parsley

I know, I know… don’t yell at me! I haven’t been writing in forever. I promise that you are back on my to do list, bloggie! Life has been a bit busy with my adorable little guy and moving and etc etc… To tide you over until I am back, here’s a little piece I wrote for Mazeltot.org – As a child, Passover was always a big affair. Growing up as the granddaughter, niece, and daughter of rabbis, we always hosted large Seders. Generally, the first night was the Seder at shul......

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What’s In A Name?
Family, Health, Judaism |
February 23, 2015

What’s In A Name?

This piece originally appeared at ModernLoss.com under the title “Call Me A Mother.” Understandably, it was edited and trimmed down. Here are my musings on my losses and what the hell to call me, in full ramble. “What’s on your mind?” asked Facebook. The empty box sat there. Staring at me. Prompting me to say something. Do you say something? What do you say? Who are you now? Mother’s Day, 2014. Not seven days earlier my husband and I lost our first baby. Perhaps we should zoom further back. My husband and I......

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Ethical Jewish Food Movement

Just so happens, that I got a call the other day from a lovely Denver Post reporter about the Jewish ethical food movement. She was looking for a statement from the JCC about why this is important to add to her piece about Rabbi Soloway and his work in Boulder. We talked for… maybe 30-40 minutes. 🙂 We talked about how the ancient Jews agricultural laws guide us today. How we know now that letting land rest between planting helps the output and Judaism guides us in these things. We spoke about......

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A Perfect Book of Psalms

Since my husband and I got married, we have been doing the merge of two homes dance. You know how this goes… I have a crockpot, you have a crockpot… my crockpot is newer… sell the old. I have a couch, you have a couch… your couch is nicer… sell mine. One thing that has been fun is the coming together of our books. Daniel doesn’t have too many in his house (not for lack of having books, rather because most at boxed up at his parents’ house) but I came with......

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Mandy Patinkin at JFS Luncheon

I had the pleasure of listening to Mr. Patinkin speak at the Jewish Family Service luncheon here in Colorado. He was a joy to listen to and he sang a little bit of a song a the end in English and Yiddish. Here are my tweets from the event and the sound bite at the end.   JFS luncheon with @alliedjewish and Mandy Patinkin (@ Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center) 4sq.com/145VpRr — Talia Haykin – טליה (@thdpr) April 24, 2013   Waving hi, @jonathanlev ! Table 79 at @jfs_colo #jfsel13......

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A Shabbat of Peace For All

I am taking a moment out of my day to stop reading about the impeding war in Israel… to stop looking at pictures of dead and injured children on both sides… to stop drafting messages from my CEO to our community on what is going on in Israel… Why? (Other than the obvious answer of, that is all insanely depressing) To say to all of you…   SHABBAT SHALOM   Let this be a sabbath of peace. For the Israelis. For the Gazans and Palestinians. For my friends and family who are......

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Helping the Victims of Hurricane Sandy – Tikkun Olam

There are many ways to help Hurricane Sandy victims. I wanted to share a post here from a friend on Facebook, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz who runs Uri L’Tzedek (Awaken to Justice) – a Jewish organization committed to making this world a better place. This was posted today: November 2, 2012 If you are looking for opportunities for today to volunteer in NYC: 1. There is a shelter on 192nd and Audobon (inside the public school) that needs volunteers. 2. 200 East 5th street at 10:30am to distribute food and supplies. Bring dry......

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