Eishet Ḥayil – Start at the Beginning by Roni Bernstein

Mishlei (Proverbs) 31 is a fixture of our Erev Shabbat services. Placed in the midst of the songs and prayers of the evening, Eishet Ḥayil is a beautiful interlude during which men sing to their wives, declaring her before all present as precious, industrious, respected, virtuous, righteous, and praiseworthy. To truly understand all the implications … Continue reading Eishet Ḥayil – Start at the Beginning by Roni Bernstein

When Reality Doesn’t Live Up to Expectation by Jennifer Caracelo

Almost two weeks ago I reached a milestone in my life.  I celebrated my 40th birthday.  I use the term "celebrated" loosely, because my birthday dinner was a frantic trip to the McDonald's drive-thru so that I could make it to the PTSO meeting at the elementary school where my son was having his chorus … Continue reading When Reality Doesn’t Live Up to Expectation by Jennifer Caracelo