dreams · homosexuality · Israel · news · rabbi

Waking up to Hate in the Morning

The ways people hurt each other never cease to amaze me. I got up early this morning because I lost a lot of sleep over an email from a young woman, the offspring of a non-Jewish mother and a Jewish father, who has had too many hurtful encounters with Jews. In spite of it, she… Continue reading Waking up to Hate in the Morning

culture/multiculturalism · dreams · food · Hispanics/Latinos · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · New York · news · Shabbos/Shabbat

The Jewish American Girl doll meets the Dominican American Girl doll

Rebecca Rubin Okay, so American Girl created a Jewish doll. Her name is Rebecca Rubin and not all her outfits are tznius (modest). She’s growing up in New York City in 1914, right around when my great-grandmother was born. She’s a Russian Jewish girl who wants to “stay true to her heart as she follows… Continue reading The Jewish American Girl doll meets the Dominican American Girl doll

baseball · dreams · Hispanics/Latinos · movies · news

Baseball has never been so sweet….

People who don’t even know where the Dominican Republic is know that Dominicans are good at baseball. My husband likes to joke that even though I’m by no means an athlete, I have a wicked curve ball. Is it in the blood? Check out this trailer for “Sugar”, the story of Miguel “Sugar” Santos, Dominican… Continue reading Baseball has never been so sweet….

chronic pain/fibromyalgia · culture/multiculturalism · dreams · Hispanics/Latinos · Israel · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

Motherland’s Calling and it’s a Conference Call

Everyone said Israel would feel different. That’s what everyone kept telling me when I decided to venture out there in 2006. But when I got off cranky and in pain from the long flight, I didn’t feel anything except crankiness and pain. They told me to go stand by a wall and that would help… Continue reading Motherland’s Calling and it’s a Conference Call

art · dreams · food · marriage · prayer · teaching · writing

Portrait of an artist

Hubbie’s cousin is a Radio City Rockette. And last night, she almost became my creative guru. If it were up to her, I’d be giving art lessons, painting and writing up a storm…oh, and taking some risks. I am not a risk taker. I have never had enough stability in my life to be willing… Continue reading Portrait of an artist

chronic pain/fibromyalgia · culture/multiculturalism · dreams · education · food · Hispanics/Latinos · New York · teaching · writing

On Dreaming or The Sarah Lawrence Obsession

I’ve had to give up on a lot of dreams. As a child, when I didn’t grow past 5’3,” I let go of the momentary dream of being a firefighter. I gave up the dream of becoming a fashion illustrator when I realized I would never be able to afford the art supplies I would… Continue reading On Dreaming or The Sarah Lawrence Obsession