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Wanting Wednesday’s Ashes: When I Wished I was Catholic

Today is Ash Wednesday. I know this because I see people’s foreheads smeared with what my Grandfather Abie called schmutz, or dirt. As in, “wipe the schmutz off your face.” As a kid, I wanted to be Catholic. All my … Continue reading

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Balancing Beliefs: From Yiddishkeit to Orthodoxy

There’s an old joke about Jewish holidays: “They tried to kill us. We survived. Now let’s eat!” That sort of sums up my relationship with Judaism growing up.  My family, culturally connected yet spiritually secular, gathered at my grandparents’ farmhouse … Continue reading

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