Judaism

Chanukah Tears

Chanukah Tears

(Originally posted here on the Times of Israel). Chanukah. A time of miracles. A time for family to be together. I have always loved Chanukah. As a child growing up in Cardiff, and then London,…

I need a Rosh Hashanah Re-do

I need a Rosh Hashanah Re-do

I am not big on organized prayer. I like to think that I have a constant running dialog (ok, monologue) with God. I am always talking to him. I thank him for what I have,…

Divorce Vigilantes

Divorce Vigilantes

At the time of my Get – religious divorce – all I could think of was how hard and emotionally draining it was. I blogged about it here. What I didn’t realize till a little…

Who Will Live and Who Will Die

Who Will Live and Who Will Die

I have said often that I am not one for formalized prayer. I prefer to speak to God when I am ready to speak to Him, and to speak to Him using my own words…

Scroll Up

Scroll Up

(This first appeared on the Times of Israel in April 2013) I have been called a pseudo-feminist. I like to talk the talk, but don’t really walk the walk. I fulfill the traditional female role…

JewWannaTalk – a new forum for Jewish discussion

JewWannaTalk – a new forum for Jewish discussion

New Website Alert!! JewWannaTalk was established so that there could be a safe environment where positive discussion about all aspects of Judaism within a diverse group of people could happen. There are many sites out…

The Purpose of Hair Covering – To Cover The Hair, or To Be Aware?

The Purpose of Hair Covering – To Cover The Hair, or To Be Aware?

I had a moment today where I got all panicked that I had left the house without covering my hair. I was sitting in the library and all of a sudden had the need to…

Rabbis Need to Be Careful When Dispensing Advice

Rabbis Need to Be Careful When Dispensing Advice

I am sure my long time readers remember the immigration hell I went through after I married the KoD. Things were really bad at the time, and we were getting no answers from the immigration…

From the Mailbag: Hair Covering

From the Mailbag: Hair Covering

Received this morning from a reader: Hi HaDassah –   I have been pondering this issue for a long while, and wanted to hear your thoughts and those of your readers.     I have…

Blood Segregation

Blood Segregation

This is not what I consider Judaism. I consider this fundamentalism. Read the article: Rabbi bans Orthodox Jewish men from receiving blood donated by women, non Orthodox Jews, non Jews Do you care where your…

Mikvah and the Single Girl

Mikvah and the Single Girl

I regularly get emails from all kinds of people asking me all kinds of questions. This one just popped into my FB mailbox. Hey HSM, Can you ask your people a question: What’s the deal…

Pretending to go to the Mikvah

Pretending to go to the Mikvah

To take a side step from my review of Unorthodox for a moment, in her book Feldman mentions that toward the end of her marriage she would pretend to go the mikvah, instead of actually…