Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Few Words After My No-Fasting on Yom Kippur Blog

Yesterday, I had quite a strong readership, as I went on the record to the public about not fasting on Yom Kippur. I welcome the reactions and the conversation – the whole point of being a writer is to introduce … Continue reading »

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Why I Do Not Fast on Yom Kippur

For the longest time, I felt guilty about it. Then I did it – fasted the whole 25 hours, in my orthodoxy, and really I had no trouble physically fasting – only emotionally. Because I had no trouble physically, I … Continue reading »

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Reflecting on Regrets on the Eve of Atonement

A rabbi on Facebook today urged people on this eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, to reflect on their biggest regrets and use that reflection to guide them toward smarter, wiser, fuller choices in the year to … Continue reading »

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Spiders

Last night, I noticed a beige spider on the ceiling above the stairs. It was night, and the children were about to go to sleep and really, unless I wanted to perch precariously over the stairs and risk tumbling to … Continue reading »

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A Weekend Ahead

When I’ve studied Vedanta, one of the world’s oldest philosophies, I was struck by Swami Parthasarathy’s assertion that we shouldn’t need a weekend. If we work for a higher purpose, he says, work wouldn’t be work – it would just … Continue reading »

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Elevation

All last week, I was aware of how high we were – 6,200 feet elevation (Colorado Springs), 14,110 feet elevation (Pikes Peak summit), 8,750 feet elevation (Snow Mountain Ranch), 5,280 feet elevation – a mile high! (Denver). And then we … Continue reading »

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Back to Life As I Know It

I’ve been quiet this past week, as my family and I traversed the elevations and trails of Colorado. We went to elevate ourselves spiritually, before and in celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and I am as ever … Continue reading »

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Moments Make a Life

In the night, when the sky was still a blanket of dark, my little guy came into my room and whispered, “Mommy, I really do have a cold.” He climbed into bed next to me and let me put my … Continue reading »

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Poetry

Back when I was in graduate school for writing (poetry), I couldn’t express enough, or in greater detail, or in more eloquent noticing, the beauty and the agony of the world. Everywhere I went, everyone I interacted with, became fodder … Continue reading »

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The Game of Life

When my eyes opened on their own before 6 a.m. today, I was excited to be awake – no harsh alarm jolting me out of an easy slumber, no mad rush to make lunches and get groggy kids up and … Continue reading »

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