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 →

You Sustain Us

Does it make sense to be throwing out bread when you are buying breadcrumbs? More thoughts on food waste and braised celery.

Just Wait

Do I really need that avocado-shaped guacamole bowl? How I decreased my environmental impact by telling myself no.

Perfection Paralysis

It’s almost Shavuos, but this week I have been thinking back to Lag b’Omer and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and Rabbi Elazar hiding for 12 years from the Romans in a cave. Where were we, digitally speaking, 12 years ago? We were already standing in the cave (l’havdil) that is the online world, and we’ve... Continue Reading →

Inspire, Don’t Require

Because virtually all of the zero-waste books I’ve read are written by people who have no kids, with a handful by people who have one or two kids. When I started getting serious about reducing our family’s waste, things were a little more complicated than that. I had to take into account one very busy... Continue Reading →

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