By Mindy Rubenstein There's a Jewish saying: Meshane makom, meshane mazal. Which means, one who changes her location, changes her luck. After moving quite a few times -- in Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida -- I have learned that this applies not just to our physical place, but also to where we find ourselves mentally, … Continue reading How COVID-19 helped me settle into myself and my community
By Mindy Rubenstein I feel like I hover between two worlds. I discovered a more traditional form of Judaism as an adult — already married with children — and jumped in with my entire being. Over the next 13 or so years, I tried to quickly learn and absorb the mitzvos and to emulate the … Continue reading Integrating My True Self into Religious Life
By Marlene Burns Counting of the Omer, “Sefirat HaOmer,” is the ritual performed for the 49 days between the second day of Passover and the next festival of Shavuot. Each day, we count and remember the sheaf of grain that was offered during Temple times. This period not only marks the beginning of the barley … Continue reading Jewish Art & Authenticity
By Alitza Joy Adler I would like to share with you the story of how I feel that G-d’s hand has been ever present in my life. As a young girl, I absolutely loved it when my mother would read to me Bible stories each night from an old, dilapidated storybook. My favorite of all … Continue reading Finding Faith on the Farm
We began to search for alternative ways to help our child, and we found the GAPS diet.
By Mindy Rubenstein Yesterday my good friend in New York told me about all the people she knows who have passed away just in the past week. She said it’s surreal and unsettling, but she’s trying to keep a sense of normalcy in her home, especially for her children. She told me about visiting her … Continue reading I Am Alive.
While waiting for my 15-year-old daughter to come out of an appointment today, I read this in a newspaper article, and it really affected me. “Traditionally we seek solace in religion, sports, entertainment, and in the promise that modern science and societies provide all the tools needed to solve any problem,” says the writer, explaining … Continue reading From where will our comfort come? Look up, look around, look within…
Dear Friends, Things are uncertain, to say the least. One of my main clients told me that she doesn’t think she’ll need my writing services for now since their organization has essentially shut down. After we got off the phone, I felt nauseous. While just a few days ago I had more work than I … Continue reading We are all in this together and will come out better in the end