Holiday Archive

In Merry Measure

Get out of your head. Raise your eyes to the heavens. Never forget that joy is the baseline, not the finish line. Whether Christmas is coming or just another Wednesday, our job is to love one another every day. Read More

Goodbye, Little Girl

This Thanksgiving, Ryan and I have a lot for which to be thankful. But we're most grateful for having had the opportunity to give an elderly, withdrawn little black cat a home. And to love her. Read More

Oy to the World

When a well-meaning friend asked me on Christmas Eve, "Is being at temple tonight hard for you?" they were surprised I said, "No." I wasn't surprised at all. Read More

Fourteen Christmases and a Chanukiyah

Living Jewishly obviously means spending the period from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve with a different emphasis. This year, I'll leave my well-known tree fetish behind. But as I ponder all the adult Christmases I've kept, I'm realizing I won't miss that holiday's sense of joy and wonder...because I'm increasingly finding those feelings to be an everyday part of my new journey. Read More

Turning and the Teruah of Time

In the grand scheme of things, September 11th is just a day. Yet a day can capture eternity. The days since my 40th birthday have been among the most amazing of my life. I'm finally honoring the past to move forward. And I can't think of a better time to mark the turning point in my journey. Read More