Most people view the New Year as a fresh beginning: a time to make a conscious effort for a healthier lifestyle, or to commit to more time with HaShem. For me, this time of year conjures, rather than a list of resolutions, a desire to reflect on the past and get a glimpse of what … Continue reading The Discipline of Devotions by Janet H.
Last night was the first night of Chanukah and Jewish people around the world lit the first candles in their menorahs. We cannot say exactly when the tradition of lighting a menorah at Chanukah started, but the holiday itself was instituted by the Maccabees in 138 BCE and is referenced in many ancient writings. It … Continue reading The Tradition of Chanukah by Jennifer Caracelo
With Hanukkah approaching, there is a divine reality constantly present in our pondering within the Jewish world–– miracles. This world has limitations, or at least perceived limitations. When we look at the world around us, things often seem so overwhelmingly impossible. We loose sight of the divine reality that our God is so much bigger. … Continue reading Miracle of Miracles by Danielle Tokajer
One night I was awakened by a scene from six years ago, playing in my head like a movie. It was a bright crisp morning in New York City, filled with promise and hope. You see, I was 20 weeks pregnant with my second child. Everything about this pregnancy felt different from my first. With … Continue reading You Are Rejoiced Over by Hannah Zaretsky
Ah, November. I don’t know where this article finds you, but here in Illinois the temperature has dropped, the leaves have turned scarlet, pumpkin spice lattes are back, and we’ve begun lighting our scented candles in the evenings. It’s hard to believe that only a few short months ago it was the beginning of summer. … Continue reading Raba Emunatecha by Stephanie R. SanHamel
I have six kids. Now that they are older, fairly often people don't realize this when they first meet me because the older ones are off doing their own thing while I am only still verbally "parenting" (Don't run! Don't touch that! Don't hit your sister!) the two youngest. But most of the time, when … Continue reading Superwoman With a Wrinkled Cape