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0 In Holidays

Thankful

It’s that time of year to be thankful. And this year, we have a lot more to be thankful for than I could have ever imagined. We got our wedding video back this week. It came almost six months to the day after we got married, but it was so worth the wait. Yesterday we spent time watching our ketubah signing and ceremony. The whole thing was better than I remembered. Our rabbi incorporated language familiar to Christian viewers, our…

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Preparing for December

It’s November, which means I’m in December-mode! I’m putting away the pumpkins and breaking out my garlands and snowmen!   I’m kidding — Pumpkins will stay up through November. I’ll wait to start actually decorating for the winter holidays. Though it did snow last night, so it’s looking like we’ve hit the cold stretch! Growing up we had a number of expressly Christmas decorations but most of ours were more winter themed. It was a combination of efficiency and business…

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What To Do With My Wedding Dress

I love my wedding dress. Like, just look at that lace. It is pink, dramatic, covered in lace and sparkles. My maid of honor described it as me in dress form. This past weekend I was at a wedding for a high school friend, which means after five months my beloved dress made its way from my parents’ house to mine. This was our last friend wedding for a while, half our group is still single. But it means I had…

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0 In Faith

Rabbi Roundtable

The Forward has a regular segment called Rabbi Roundtable where a group of Rabbis give their opinions on a topic. Yesterday’s topic was “Is Intermarriage a Problem or Opportunity” Susan Katz Miller at On Being Both had a great response to the piece. She pointed out the sample of mostly Orthodox and Conservative Rabbis which isn’t the reality of the American Jewish landscape. She also points out the problematic use of the word “Intermarriage” and the words problem or opportunity. The…

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Why We Decided To Test with JScreen

jscreen logo

J and I married four months ago and we are not ready for a child.  Even though J and I are not having children now, we felt that we could still be prepared by doing genetic testing. I actually did my test through  JScreen before our wedding. I won my test through the Jewish parenting website Kveller. Not all of their articles apply to me right now, there are great writers and really great content overall on that site. JScreen mailed me a full kit. I…

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Celebrating Sukkot

This is our first year we actually have a backyard to celebrate Sukkot. I certainly wouldn’t have in the past where we were living. As much as I’d like to tell you we’re building a sukkah as a full experiment this year, we aren’t. A traditional celebration just doesn’t work for us right now. And not just because we’re particularly inept at the building side of the holiday. J never celebrated it as a kid except for when he was…

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Yom Kippur

The sunrise and new start reminds me of the new start Yom Kippur gives us

I had a whole post written about this year’s Yom Kippur experience — how I assumed it would go. Spoiler alert: it was rough. I went to Kol Nidre services. Then I went to work where I had the hardest Yom Kippur of my life since I was, you know, actually working and not eating or drinking. Broke fast in the comfort of an edit room with all my coworkers during a last-minute meeting. None of them were fasting. All…

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Interfaith Conversation

  When I had lunch with a clergy spouse, it lead to an interfaith conversation. I can’t say I agreed with his feelings, but I understood them. New England is a weird place to move to. Especially if you move to a place that’s kind of far from a big city. J and I are lucky — we’ve made friends here because everyone we work with is a transplant. Those who aren’t in the same boat, struggle. This is how…

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The Holidays

Last year we got really, really lucky when it came to Rosh Hashanah. The holiday fell on our off days so we got be with all of J’s family. Which means it has been a year since I decided not to convert.  In the fall J and I work especially non-traditional work schedules; it’s our busiest time of year. We work nights and weekends. Starting after Labor Day celebrating Shabbat becomes out of the question since Friday is J’s busiest…

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Others Forgot Us

We had an exciting time this weekend since it was our first wedding as married people! Plus we got a side trip to the aquarium! It’s meant I’ve been spending a lot of time with my Jewish side. While I love them I think sometimes they forget we’re an interfaith couple. In the past, I would have taken this as a compliment, like I’m passing as the thing I want to be. But after everything we’ve been through I want to…

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