The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family, in my heart.
It's a good thing babies don't give you a lot of time to think. You fall in love with them and when you realize how much they love you back, life is very simple.
on the day that the intlligence and talents of women are fully honored and employed, the human community and the planet itself will benefit in ways we can only begin to imagine.
Why did I not know that birth is the pinnacle where women discover the courage to become mothers?
The story it told was unremarkable: a tale of love found and lost- the oldest story in the world. The only story.
One of my great secrets was knowing I had the power to make her smile.
Weeping is terrible for the complexion" said Leonie, holding Shayndel close, "but it is very good for the soul.
Wherever you walk, I go with you. Selah.
If you want to understand any woman, you must first ask about her mother and then listen carefully.
I am so honored to be the vessel into which you pour this story of pain and strength.
I moved my arms through the water, feeling them float on the surface, watching the waves and wake that followed my gesture. Here was magic, I thought. Here was something holy.
One of his tears fell in my mouth, where it became a blue sapphire, source of strength, source of strength and eternal hope.
I could not get my fill of looking. There should be a song for women to sing at this moment or a prayer to recite. But perhaps there is none because there are no words strong enough to name that moment.
He was golden and beautiful as a sunset.
They sang the words in unison, yet somehow created a web of sounds with their voices. It was like hearing a piece of fabric woven with all the colors of a rainbow. I did not know that such beauty could be formed by the human mouth. I had never heard harmony before.
The painful things seemed like knots on a beautiful necklace, necessary for keeping the beads in place.
The more I do bookstores, the more people come up to me from church groups. I spoke at Pittsburg State College and had 2 or 3 ministers and book groups from a couple of churches.
Biblical names are hot again.
Whatever your relationship is to your sacred tradition in the West, you have some relationship to the Bible if only through the names of the characters.
The Bible - it's sort of the other person in the room. There's this book, the reader, and the Bible.
Since 1985, I have written about contemporary Jewish practice and the Jewish community.
I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying.
I lived through a classic publishing story. My editor was fired a month before the book came out. The editor who took it over already had a full plate. It was never advertised. We didn't get reviewed in any major outlets.
It was one of those perfect fall days when the air is cool enough to wake you up but the sun is also kissing your face.
There's something almost adolescent about Whitman's paean to everything that was and remains good about America.
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