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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…

Language Pet Peeve

Language Pet Peeve

I guess I should be happy that we have all integrated well into American society. I am. But there is one phrase that I hear all the time, and may have been guilty of using…

To Forgive a Killer

To Forgive a Killer

My Hebrew name is Hadassah Henya. I am named in memory of  Henya Sabo, my great-grandmother who, I have been told,  perished in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. Down below you can see the wedding…

Pesach Preparation

Pesach Preparation

Last year I wrote a month-long series on preparing for Passover over on Joy of Kosher. Honestly – I wish I followed my own advice, but this year I really haven’t. The boys are off…

We Have No Breasts in Monsey – The B-Word Post

We Have No Breasts in Monsey – The B-Word Post

By the looks of things I will have a whole alphabet of posts! The B word. What word could I mean? What word immediately sprang into your mind? Here in Monsey Ir HaKodesh the B-word…

My Audition Piece

My Audition Piece

I have been asked by my Mum and several other people to share with you the piece I read for my audition. This was written more than four years ago – things have changed since…

The V-Word Post

The V-Word Post

After the P-word post the other day, many asked me where my V-word post is. I shrugged it off a little bit and said with boys it was always about their anatomy. Not that they…

Is There No Privacy Anymore?

Is There No Privacy Anymore?

I love my husband to distraction. I won’t pretend that we never fight or say things to each other in anger. We are a normal couple. However, you will never see me air our fights…

Suspended for Swearing? The P-word Post

Suspended for Swearing? The P-word Post

This happened years ago, way back in the mists of time. It was a school day like any other. I dropped the boys off, came home, had coffee. Started running my errands. I was sitting…