Dayeinu?

“It would have been enough,” we sing each year at the seder table. At our seder, it’s one of the most spirited songs. Probably at your seder, too. But I wonder, have modern Jews, especially those of us in America, where consumption is a national pastime, lost the ability to tell what “enough” looks like?... Continue Reading →

Taking Stock of the Situation

If your community is like mine, this time of year, your WhatsApp chats are filling up with offers of various chometzdik foods, most of them from the freezer. That, along with the note in my BulletJournal calendar that said “Six weeks until Pesach,” kicked me into action. Time to start making room in the house... Continue Reading →

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 →

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