Fast-Forward

Back when I first started paying attention to how much trash my family of five generated over a year ago, we were averaging three 13-gallon bags each week (plus recycling). I had certain ideas and goals about how I would tackle trimming that down, but of course, the last year has been nothing if not... Continue Reading →

Hakol B’seder?

“This is the key to time management: to see the value of every moment.” —the Lubavitcher Rebbe ZT”L After reading that the average person spends 30 minutes every day looking for stuff, I went on an organizing kick. (I’m assuming that number doesn’t include work hours; I spend a lot more than 30 minutes a... Continue Reading →

Z’ man Simchateinu

Last week I went somewhere I haven’t been since before Pesach, the party goods store, a place I used to visit at least once a month. Earlier this year, my family kicked the disposable tableware habit. When I started, I wasn’t sure how we’d do. We don’t have a dishwasher— I’m waiting for next year’s... Continue Reading →

Direction, Not Perfection

This week I reached out to a mentor of mine, Ruchi Koval (she’s an inspiring author and speaker), with a question about teshuvah. How should I approach doing teshuva for not having kept a mitzvah 100 percent if I still don’t think 100 percent is achievable for me in 5781, I asked. She wrote back,... Continue Reading →

Out Standing in the Field

Somehow and suddenly, the summer is closing out and it’s Elul. It’s always a bittersweet time of year for me, saying goodbye to low-key summer life and sending kids back to school, whether in person or virtually. This year, of course, is different, with COVID-19 having reshaped so many of our summers, canceling or limiting... Continue Reading →

Handle (Me) with Care

I remember when my kids were babies. They felt so fragile to me, and I was fanatical about knowing what was in their foods, their lotions, and their soaps, anything that touched their bodies. I would only use things my pediatrician or a mom I really trusted recommended. I read the bottles and googled around... Continue Reading →

Sort It Out

In the famous story from the Talmud, the destruction of the Second Temple is explained as coming about in the wake of a long-simmering feud between two Jews and a party invitation meant for a man’s friend Kamtza going instead to his enemy Bar Kamtza. It used to bother me that I had to look... Continue Reading →

Man Plans . . .

Back in March, as I was getting ready to launch the Bal Tashchit Balabusta, I wrote a pair of extra blog posts to have ready to go for weeks that became especially busy. My plan was to always have at least one post prepped and ready, like an apple kugel in the freezer for Shabbos.... Continue Reading →

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