Family Friday: My Stones

Shabbat Shalom! I am remembering the first kidney stone that sent me to the hospital today. I woke up in excruciating pain that morning but managed to type out a few pages of my English thesis. Curled around my laptop and writhing in pain, as I recall, I had my main character fall and split…

Family Friday: A Simple Love

Shabbat Shalom! This week my parents celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary and each day since they have been teasing each other by recalling where they would be on their road trip honeymoon. "Meet you in Colorado Springs," my dad calls out to my mom as he heads to his chiropractor appointment. Their celebration makes me…

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…

Family Friday: Community

Shabbat Shalom! This morning as I get ready for my Shabbat to start in the evening, I am meditating on the value of community. I tried my best to write this last night but was consumed like the 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis over the murder of George Floyd. How do I write about community, when…