“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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Blowing Your Nose on Your Sleeve
Three ways to reuse an old shirt, including DIY disinfecting wipes.
Lashon Hara and Lag b’Omer
From the dryer to the fire. How to make great firestarters, plus thinking about lashon hara.
Looking with Fresh Eyes
From Amalek to salad dressing and foil pans, reusing and reducing in the kitchen.
Cleaning Up the Messiest Holiday
It’s almost Purim, and I’m beyond excited. It’s my second-favorite Jewish Holiday (Sukkos can’t be surpassed in my heart). I love the achdus of sending and receiving mishloach manot, especially in Cleveland, where we don’t see so much of our neighbors in the cold and dreary months. I love the incredible creativity of costumes and... Continue Reading →