Category Archives: Judaism

Celebrating the holidays in traditional fashion

Gut Yontif!

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First Night of Chanukah

After devouring sweet potato latkes and baked apples, IB takes a photo of first night candles in a menorah carefully crafted by JB from a branch of a tree. (Note the layers of wax from many previous Chanukahs spilled and dripped on … Continue reading

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Unveilings

My stepfather died nearly a year ago and today was his unveiling. This is an old tradition that signifies the end of mourning. The headstone is literally “revealed” after its gauze has been dramatically ripped away. Because of the time … Continue reading

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Fiddler

I was at the dress rehearsal of Fiddler on the Roof at school today, performed by a bunch of very talented middle schoolers and directed by our new theater teacher. The students’ voices in song, their choreography, and acting were … Continue reading

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Passover 2014: gefilte fish substitute, seder snow, blood moon, karate-kicked matzah piñata, death of the first-born

(Blood Moon photo by JB)

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All crossings are sacred

This is dedicated to my dear friend MH who placed his partner of 38 years into an Altzheimers Care facility today. In Jewish tradition, the entire Bible is divided up into 54 sections, one of which is read every Shabbat … Continue reading

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Cleaning my plate/ cleaning my soul

It’s the new year. A time to make account of all the deeds and misdeeds of the previous year, embrace failings, and move toward commitment to our better selves for the year to come. After services today we went out … Continue reading

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