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Shabbos Makeup…Whoa.

I remember when I used to stay with my girlfriends for Shabbos in Washington Heights. There was a point, right before candle lighting on Friday night, when all the girls would squeeze in together between the wall and the big claw-foot tub to put on their makeup in front of the medicine cabinet mirror. They… Continue reading Shabbos Makeup…Whoa.

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The Hair Covering Adventures of Me and My Rastafarian Beret: An Afro-tastic Report

My husband’s tribute to my good hair day and the hair covering that was swallowed up by it. Most people are socially appropriate enough that they don’t or won’t comment on what’s going on with your hair unless it’s on fire. I think that’s pretty fair. I mean, if you’re having a bad hair day,… Continue reading The Hair Covering Adventures of Me and My Rastafarian Beret: An Afro-tastic Report

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Defensive Maneuver: Conversion Judo

Annoying question at the Shabbos table from someone I barely knew: “Did you convert before or after you met him?” which, of course, really means…”did you convert for him or for yourself?” Usually, people just go with the latter and not the former. They’re more upfront. The whole table went preternaturally quiet when I said… Continue reading Defensive Maneuver: Conversion Judo

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"Do You" and Stuff-Part 1

I know, I know, I still have to tell you how much I loved Limmud! But for a second, I have to rave about all the wonderful Jewish learning experiences I’ve had lately in Riverdale. I love classes. What I miss most about my time on the Upper East Side was the amazing wealth of… Continue reading "Do You" and Stuff-Part 1


Have a good Shabbos!

Parshat Vayigash from More Torah cartoons at Parshat Miketz from More Torah cartoons at

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Yikes, I have a fever!

I just realized I didn’t have a blog post scheduled for today. Ug. In the last 48 hours, I seem to have picked up a bug. I’m coughing, my chest and throat ache, my eyes and nose are runny. I’m a mess. I’ve got a doctor appointment scheduled this afternoon, thank G-d. I never get… Continue reading Yikes, I have a fever!

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Parshat Vayishlach

Sorry this is late, my inbox is overflowing with goodies for the blog but this cold weather has my joints quaking. Parshat Vayishlach from More Torah cartoons at Please read this lovely drasha (speech) that YCT rabbinical student Zach Truboff gave at Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ. It has so much to… Continue reading Parshat Vayishlach

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One more stupid comment, one more stupid question and I’m slapping someone!

THAT’S IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This Shabbos: I was minding my own business at the synagogue meal introducing myself to a new friendly face I had never seen before when a lady who has seen me at shul quite often before came over and interrupted our conversation to ask…if I’d been born Jewish. I was seething. I spat… Continue reading One more stupid comment, one more stupid question and I’m slapping someone!

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Werewolves, Vampires, Teenagers…oh my!

I miss Friday night movie openings. I really do. Right now, I want to be gearing up to watch “New Moon” but alas, I have to wait until Saturday evening (at least Shabbat ends early this time of year) to beg my husband to go with me. (Yeah, I also miss when I went to… Continue reading Werewolves, Vampires, Teenagers…oh my!

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Challah Con Platanos

Here’s a very short play I wrote for a “Multicultural Jewish” writing contest. I didn’t win. The ending’s kind of abrupt. It was in my earlier days when I wasn’t writing so much. I was trying to give the readers a good indication of what my Shabbat meals were like. The curtains open to a… Continue reading Challah Con Platanos