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.
Why did I not know that birth is the pinnacle where women discover the courage to become mothers?
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.
Wherever you walk, I go with you. Selah.
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.
If you want to understand any woman, you must first ask about her mother and then listen carefully.
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.
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.
It is terrible how much has been forgotten, which is why, I suppose, remembering seems a holy thing.
Since 1985, I have written about contemporary Jewish practice and the Jewish community.
My early childhood was spent in Newark, New Jersey, but my family moved to Denver when I was 12.
As a journalist I'm comfortable doing library research, and I did a lot! I had a fellowship at Radcliff for a year which gave me access to the Harvard system.
I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying.
I never wanted Mary Poppins to be my nanny. I wanted to be her when I grew up.
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.
There's something almost adolescent about Whitman's paean to everything that was and remains good about America.
Making plans is a game. Life chooses for you.
I pray I die before they day comes when I do not know if my sons are infants or grandfathers.
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.
Mountains are where heaven meets earth.
When a shy person smiles, it’s like the sun coming out.
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