Family Friday: Gratitude

Shabbat Shalom! Surprisingly, the questions I fielded the most while working as a substitute teacher, besides my age, concerned my happiness. One teacher told me that his class requested me by asking for "Ms. Happy Sub." Though they never called me that to my face, the teens frequently asked me either with the best of…

A Sensible Ant

This is an odd short story I wrote while studying abroad in London. Later, I recorded myself reading it out loud for an audio-zine one of my friends put together. Originally titled, "Shopping Cart Freedom," I think that I found a much better title that suits the story. Skyscrapers from my time in Israel A…

Family Friday: Juneteenth

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Juneteenth! These last three weeks I have written about our communities in the wake of George Floyd. I still hope that George Floyd's horrific murder will mark yet another turning point in our country and that we will learn from this painful experience. Much of my scholarship on slavery and religion…

Pennsylvania 6-5000

Yesterday was my sister's birthday! So I thought I would share a poem I wrote in college about listening to Glenn Miller in our basement with our Bubbe. The week I wrote this poem, my poetry class with T.J. Anderson had a discussion about the symbolism of the color green. T.J., as he liked us…

Family Friday: Unity from Memory

Shabbat shalom. In Judaism, a phrase of comfort often shared with mourners contains the grains of hope: may their memory be a blessing. My view marching down to the Hall of Justice I carried this phrase with me this evening as I walked alongside my friends and community members. Pushed to a parking lot to…

Women of Grass

Today is my mother's birthday! In honor of her birthday, I am sharing an essay I wrote while in Hollins that touched on our relationship. I do wish that I had a better throwback to share- ha! This was a period of growing pains for me and my family, as I struggled with what my…