Category Archives: love

Some Thoughts on Israel by Rabbi Aaron Bergman – Guest Blog

This guest blog is reprinted with permission. It first appeared here. I have had a daughter in Jerusalem all summer working as an intern. She comes home next week. Another daughter goes to Jerusalem for the year about two weeks … Continue reading »

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Baking with My Daughter at Zingerman’s

Until yesterday, I had never made cupcake batter by hand. Always with a mixer spinning its attachments to take the load off of my shoulders. And for the first time, I felt the stretch and strain of making something from … Continue reading »

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Bean Plant

At the end of the school year, Shaya brought home a fragile bean seedling in a little plastic cup. The stem was half-broken, and the message not optimistic. Surely, this plant would find its way to the garbage heap before … Continue reading »

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Below the Surface & Between the Lines

On the surface of the ocean, waves crest and swell, dip down and repeat. It’s a constant action, a huge movement, and if you get caught up in it, you risk being swept out to sea, unable to paddle back … Continue reading »

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Kayaking Independent River

The point of the boat peels through the water. I skim the surface, my paddle sprinkling me with river water, then lake water, and I can’t help but get wet because I am so close to the surface. The water … Continue reading »

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The Fault In Our Stars: Movie Date with My Boy

One of the great things about my kids growing up is the depth we have now in our conversations. Last night, eyes rimmed with tears after seeing The Fault in Our Stars with Asher, we deconstructed the movie on the car ride home. … Continue reading »

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My Last Game Coaching Soccer

for Shaya I started coaching soccer when you were a round-cheeked boy with tiny curls at the sides of your face and the smile of angels. I didn’t do it for the sport itself (though I eventually came to love … Continue reading »

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This Married Life

Today we took to forest trails winding up through Acadia National Park, under tall evergreens and winding birch, the floor beneath our feet carpeted in fragrant pine. Every hike, I muse on whether the ascent is harder or the descent. … Continue reading »

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Happy 3rd Anniversary to My Love

Three years ago today, I married my meant-to-be. All my life, I was looking for love. So much so that it was to the detriment of opportunities in my 20s and dreams in my teens. I wanted “the guy,” the … Continue reading »

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This is Why I Love Our School

Last night, a little girl got up on a big stage, settled into the spotlight and prepared to sing. The gym at Norup International School was packed with parents and students on folding chairs and something like 30 acts of … Continue reading »

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