Writings

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On Saying Kaddish Over Zoom

The Forward

My mother died four days into 2021. Zoom burial, Zoom shiva, and now, Zoom kaddish... READ

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article, writing

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Workshop Plan B: A Lesson In Connection

Scoundrel Time

Was this really going to work? We were so far apart. READ



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article

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Desperately Seeking Yeast

Lilith

On day nine of Governor Hogan’s quarantine, I embarked upon a journey to find yeast. READ

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writing

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Book Club Envy: A Love Letter to Book Groups

San Francisco Book Review

I have a bad case of book club envy. None of my dozen or so ex-book clubs exist any longer. READ.

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faith

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A Prayer for the Nameless

Lilith

Each Yom Kippur our rabbi invites a few congregants to write a prayer leading up to the Yizkor Memorial service. READ

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article

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How My Grandmother’s Cookbook Made Me a Writer

LitHub

On Cooking, Rosh Hashanah, and Inhabiting a Fictive World. READ

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article

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Forgiveness Means Taking a Wrecking Ball to the Hard Crusts We Build...

Lilith

I’m knee-deep into what promises to be a fifty-plus gig book tour. After spending seven years writing... I’m out of my house. READ

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faith, article

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A Hand Through the Mechitza

Lilith

My family is hitting the b’nai mitzvah circuit hard these days. READ

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writing

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First Person: Crossing Bradley Boulevard

Washingtonian

For my sister-in-law, this intersection is about more than walk and don’t walk. READ

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article

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What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Hair

Lilith

“You’re going to talk about hair? For two hours?” my mother said after I told her I’d been invited to co-facilitate a Lilith Salon... READ

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writing

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Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Me

Lilith

It began with a glance. I was walking out of Barnes & Noble on a warm May afternoon when I spotted him, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, or, shall I say, his four-disc audio book, The Power of Positive Thinking... READ

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article

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My Spiritual Fitness Regimen

Tablet Magazine

Instead of focusing on dieting before my daughter’s bat mitzvah, I decided to get in shape emotionally. READ

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writing

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I Was a Mean Girl: I Got My Revenge, 20 Years Later

Slate

I was a grown woman when I outmeaned the meanest girl in my elementary school, a cheerleader with brilliant blue eyes and slightly bucked teeth... READ

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swimming, blog

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The Meaning of Dara

Utopia

Dara Torres. Dara Torres. God, it would be so easy to hate her. Let’s start with the abs that defy nature, maddening proof that a 41-year-old mother can successfully model a bikini. READ