My friends, family, even my own children have voiced passionate opinions over the recent uproar and rhetoric regarding conception-related choices. While I tend to keep my personal opinions on heated topics to myself, I do want to share a bit about what I know. I know what it feels like to watch an ultrasound monitor … Continue reading I KNOW WHAT ‘CHOICE’ FEELS LIKE…
By Mindy Rubenstein I’ve gone through multiple miscarriages in my lifetime. The first one was around age 26, a couple months before I got pregnant with my oldest child who is now 16. If you do the math you know I’m in my 40s. The most recent pregnancy loss was last month. I was 11 … Continue reading What I learned from my recent miscarriage
I’m sitting at my desk, distracted by the photo slideshow screensaver scrolling across my computer. My daughter is wearing a pink dress as she makes homemade slushies, a perfect little smile across her sweet face. Then a younger version of my boys comes up -- one still a toddler -- their big, brown eys peering … Continue reading Letting Go of Guilt and Learning to Love
By Anna Frieman, senior, Scheck Hillel Community School Sholem was the kid who always had a smile on his face, who never complained, who was an emblem of love, gratitude, and Jewish pride. One time I asked him why he wore a Kippah, and his answer was so simple but so beautiful. “Because I’m Jewish,” … Continue reading Let’s fight for the light and reach new heights
By Devorah Benchimol The Talmud says: man fears his fellow man more than he fears God. This article was written by Sholem’s mom, Devorah and translated by Anna Frieman. A simple Sunday night, during the crazy COVID quarantine. A family readying itself for just another week to come. Me, preparing, doing my things, hearing my … Continue reading Sholem’s Legacy
By Mindy Rubenstein Gail Halpert takes daily walks around her tree-lined Mandarin neighborhood, sometimes a mile or longer. She dresses beautifully, puts on her necklace and earrings, and carefully does her hair. She loves to cook, especially things like hearty soup and other favorites from her childhood in Romania, where her family grew fruits and … Continue reading Gail Halpert: Finding Light in the Darkness
‘Fear no one, but G-d alone.’ By Miriam Racquel Feldman I recently came across a letter from my son that was written to the Lubavitcher Rebbe (some people send these to the Ohel and some put into the Igros Kodesh—my family’s way is to use the Igros Kodesh) with a list of complaints about a … Continue reading Releasing Community Control and Widening the Path of Torah for Our Children
Everything we do as Jews, even the seemingly mundane things like healthy eating and exercising, becomes part of something so much higher when we do things with the right intentions of serving Hashem.