The Year 5777 is Coming!

Sunday,  יום ראשון , October 2 Jews all over the world will celebrate The New Year – רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה. This year’s number is quite unique – 5777. Number 7 was always kind of magic in the Jewish world – 7 days of the week, 7 days before the brit milah, 7 branches of the Menora as it…

Feeling Young Planning Limmud FSU

Staying on the subject of happiness at different stages of your life, I am happy to share great news: once again this year I am volunteering for Limmud FSU!  This is, definitely, the best way of staying young. You are surrounded by young, smart, and fun to be with people! We have just spent a…

Learning from my Daughters

When does a parent rejoice? When their children surpass their own abilities. As a mother, I know that there is nothing greater than understanding that some things you taught your children have been internalized and  improved upon by them. I have two beautiful grown-up, and very much self-made daughters. Both of them saw me cooking and…

Summer String Beans

Today is three months since we lost my father. How is it that when your parents age, you realize how much more you should have done? I’ve spent two weeks in beautiful Israel doing what I love – studying Torah – thinking how is it that I’ve never come with my dad. I “sent” him…

We are in it Together. Part IV. Never Want to Leave.

The beauty of this land The magic in its air When will I call you mine? It is intolerable to think that I have to leave so soon. I want to see and do so much more. I miss my mother and daughters immensely, but I’d rather have them here with me than me there….

My American Anniversary

Today is nineteen years since I’ve arrived in this blessed land of the USA. We came here as a family. Since then we lost two most beloved male members of it. And – we gained two most amazing little girls. The circle of life? How did we fare here? Am I grateful, sad, indifferent, cheerful?  I…

Making my Dad’s Salad Missing Him Crazy

A couple of days ago I was passing by a Russian store and saw white radishes. I bought one for a salad, not knowing that it would bring me to tears. You see, my dad עליו השלום, loved it. He made it himself for the last 20 years at least. He would be very happy to add…

Happy New(?) Year!

It’s been a really long time. Lots of cooking, lots of thinking. Here we are, on the eve of the new calendar year, and my family dilemmas are looking at me again. As an orthodox Jewish woman, I know all about it –  the Romans, the pagans all over, the Silvester, the strive of Xtianity…