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the stones I cannot place

My mother’s ‘passing’  has crippled my writing.  And apparently that’s not all. It would be unfair to blame her, per se, because that would be rude.  But I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that she’s had a hand in it.  Some … Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for Bradley’s mom

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My friend Bradley lost her mom this spring, and today she shared a touching picture of her mom on Facebook. I was thinking about her tonight while recording the daily kaddish. Continue reading

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a good enough mother — or not

I’ve been thinking a lot about my parents. Not just my mother’s illness and my father’s death, but also about parenting altogether.  How are we with our pups? How are we with our own children? How are we with the … Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for J.K. Rowling’s mum

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On this, the opening weekend of the very last Harry Potter movie, a kaddish for the woman whose death inspired it all—at least according to Mira. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for leiby kletzky

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A kaddish for a little boy who was excited to walk home alone for the first time, whose walk ended in senseless tragedy. A kaddish for all the children whose good days turn horribly, unaccountably tragic, and for their families who will never, ever understand why. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for karen’s mark’s mom

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A Kaddish for my friend Karen’s husband Mark’s mom, whose funeral was today. Continue reading

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a kaddish for hindy nobler

The funeral was so fast!  Her brother was leading people off to head for a gathering at the house, one last time.  One of the chapel people, said “Stop — we haven’t said a kaddish!”  Some of us had been … Continue reading

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the tzaddik and the negotiator — a mother’s day meditation

Malkah was in such awe of the tzaddik that she spent most of her time with him asking questions, and nodding at the wisdom of his responses.  Of course, his responses generally started with the need to do more research. … Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for Ruth Leavitt Kadish

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Today’s Kaddish is in honor of Mira’s longtime friend Lori Goldwyn’s mother, Ruth Leavitt Kadish. Lori wrote a yizkor for her mom a few weeks ago, and it was my honor to record today’s kaddish for both of them. Continue reading

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voices in the volvo

There’s something I really don’t like about finishing things.  Good at starting.  Good at ongoing.  Good at thinking about.  Finishing:  very depressing. So.  I had just finished organizing the entire program for a SWAA conference one year, along with two … Continue reading

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