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My voice as a Jewish woman

As I became involved in Jewish chant and song, I came to a crossroad. At the synagogue I chanted, and from another side I was finding a place singing for women only, because some in Judaism believe that it's…

The trait I share with Wonder Woman

Actress Gal Gadot shared that she places a priority on comfort when it comes to choosing shoes. I know a woman with a hectic life whose face reflects perpetual Buddha-like serenity, and whose feet I have never seen in anything…

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Ruth, Boaz, and other couples secrets to success

Since I did this video years ago, I've read this half-chapter of Ruth several times with a beautiful group of women who have made reading together a tradition. This is the chapter where the first meeting and conversation take…

Sarah Aroeste has a new Ladino project

I visited Los Angeles last week, and while walking on the Griffith Park trails, I got this picture of light, which makes the picture fit my concept of "bringing lost voices to light." A notable figure in this area is…

My helper with Pesach cleaning

Meet the brother of the cat I talked about in February. This guy loves to make sure the laundry is soft right after it comes out of the dryer. He likes high places so he's chosen the top of the…

Megillah Esther not between the lines, but the lines, really:

I feel like the topic of Vashti's disobeying the king is a popular topic of discussion at Purim, as are permutations of things hidden, Haman's capacity for evil, and the king's passive nature, but I'm fascinated by king's turn of…

Plan getting up, don't worry about falling.

Earlier this month, the figure skating world introduced Get Up Day. The point that getting up is more important than falling applies to a lot of things. As I prepare to chant the 10 Commandments at synagogue next week, I…

If I was First Lady ...

... I'd have to have a platform, right? Mine would be early numeracy; the idea that kids can benefit from being exposed to the power of numbers, from an early age. Numbers unlock a whole world of both wisdom and…

What is the power of writing?

4 years ago I found an inviting notebook and my plan was to use it to keep track of ideas as I developed songs. Somewhere in there, I wrote two goals. One was to chant Haftarah (Prophets in Hebrew) in…