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On the Interwebs-Pre Shabbat Reading

Posted on: May 24, 2013


Jewish Websites (in no particular order)

Pop Chassid

While some of these photos make me uncomfortable, I’m in complete awe of Pop Chassid’s collection of 10 Jewish Women Being Awesome. Both the Shabbat and Tsfat photo were incredibly moving to me.

Keshet and My Jewish Learning

This article about Orthodox parents of LGBTQ teens is incredibly moving and powerful. I’m glad that they’ve found the courage not only to love their children unconditionally, but to share their experience. InshAllah/B’ezrat Hashem more families will take this stance of unconditional love. “Orthodox Parents United by Torah…and Love for our LGBT Children”


As the lady and I are starting to work towards mamahood, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on prayers for pregnancy, prayers for insemination, prayers for patience and prayers for well-being. It’s interesting because this time, normally filled with anxiety and excitement has been blissfully calm and relaxing, while I’m doing everything I’m “supposed” to do and know that much of the process will be medically focused, I’m turning my body over to Gd and really focusing inward. Kveller has been one of my favorite go-to Jewish sites for humor, insight and this week interesting thoughts on Talking to Children about Gd.  Definitely something to tuck away for another 3-4 years.


The Jewish Week

I started writing for The Jewish Week’s Food and Wine Section. I’ve written and shared two recipes-one for hummus and another for kafta. It’s fun writing about food again since my food blog is hopelessly neglected.

Kavanah Doula

Eight weeks ago I started training as a full-spectrum doula, I’m one test, five births, five evaluations, three book reports many many prenatal away from being certified, but it’s been an amazing, slightly nerve-wracking, highly educational journey. I’ve been reading a lot around pregnancy and halacha and for observant women, a doula is just the ticket. I named my blog “Kavanah” for many reasons-for LGBTQ parents and straight parents who are TTC, pregnancy is about having intention. Because the process of giving birth, from what I’ve read, is about creating intention, because we need a certain amount of it in order to do the sacred work of birth. If you’ve not already liked my doula Facebook Page I would appreciate the boost in support. If you have a NYC-based friend, family member, co-worker, or acquaintance who is currently expecting, send them my way!


Huffington Post

I read this article by an observant Muslim man and felt a lot of things, but mostly appreciation. Many religious texts have seemingly conflicting words-something that is an “abomination” often leads to another, alienating someone simply for being. We’re told to love everyone, strangers alike, because we’re all made in Gd’s image. I appreciate the author’s frankness and honesty. Read this.

Just some amazing stuff-super funny 🙂 PG-13 rated humor.

Shabbat Shalom, ya’ll





2 Responses to "On the Interwebs-Pre Shabbat Reading"

Great blog post. I really like the pop chassid photos, although some of them make me very uncomfortable as well.

I’m so happy I stumbled onto your blog! (I’m a convert to Judaism who occasionally blogs and is getting a phd in religion specializing in jewish philosophy)


Hello and welcome to my crazy blogging world, Maria! My partner is getting her PhD so I’ll send you lots of prayers 🙂 Thanks for sending your blog along, I can’t wait to check it out.

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