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Bringing Passover Consciousness to a Dojo and Finding More Freedom

Perhaps the desire to turn everything inside out and upside down, like religious Jews who remove every last crumb of hametz before Passover, is in my DNA. The impulse still arises even though, as an adult, I have never followed Jewish law impeccably around any holiday. Having wandered from Jewish observance, preferring to focus on essence rather than form, I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

Convoluted Kaddish for a Complicated Relation

[note: this post is 2-3 times longer than usual] “Oy, es iz shver tsu zayn a Yid!” — Oy, it’s hard to be a Jew The world changed in large and subtle ways in early November. The day before the U.S. election I received a short e-mail from a distant cousin in Munich. She told me that her … Continue reading

Has Feldenkrais Unleashed My Inner Fashionista?!

We act in accordance with our self-image – Moshe Feldenkrais Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant – Moshe Feldenkrais At times, my relationship with clothing has felt impossible, like an ongoing unsolvable puzzle, a perpetual riddle whose answer is always one accessory out of reach. Perhaps the conundrum began with my grandmother, who … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Ivanka Trump from One Daughter to Another

Dear Ms. Trump, I, too, am a daughter of a complex if not difficult man, a man who, while he had loyal friends, trusted colleagues and loving family, was not universally understood or appreciated. He is no longer alive but, if he were, he might agree with some of your father’s political positions. I watched with curiosity as you introduced your father to the Republican … Continue reading

Veni, Vidi, Edi Prosciutti

At the end of a recent post,”Is Yoga My New Pork?!“, I mused about my longtime curiosity about prosciutto. When I visited Italy in 2007, I didn’t partake but had a close encounter with it: while sitting at a restaurant’s bar, I looked up and found myself staring at a pig’s dark hoof. My eyes followed the … Continue reading

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