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  Pondering Jew - How I Got This Way. A blog by Lieba Rudolph.
Close Encounters of the Ba'al Teshuvah Kind by Lieba_Rudolph
BH   "Wait, I think that's the doctor!" Zev exclaimed as we hurried out of the car to try to stop him. I had never seen the doctor before but I  had heard all about him. He came to shul on Shabbos ...
EG11_13177763_1210732022273008_8896215178559974721_n.png What I Held Back from the Rebbe by Lieba_Rudolph
BH I sometimes wonder if other people see the color blue, or any color, the same way I do. And then I wonder how I would ever know. Why do I care? Because it boggles my mind how no two people are c...
5LZH_IMG_0959.JPG My Struggle with Modesty by Lieba_Rudolph
BH When I tell my daughter-in-law Devorah, who has only known me for five years, that I used to love to shop, she finds it hard to believe. I do, too. But my almost-nothing-new-in-it closet testifi...
F46Y_IMG_0933.JPG Treasures from My Parents' House by Lieba_Rudolph
BH I'm learning a lot in the process of reassigning my deceased parents' material legacy-- in other words, figuring out what do with over fifty years of stuff in their house. Every time I've gone t...
HZXX_2016_06_09_PHOTO_00000918.jpg The Power of a Name by Lieba_Rudolph
BH A few summers ago, while strolling around the neighborhood with our daughter, Mushkie, and a couple granddaughters, Leah's daughter Mushka, and Sara's daughter Moussia, we bumped into an old non...
8FBJ_IMG_0773.JPG My Son the Rabbi by Lieba_Rudolph
BH "Okay folks, it looks like we're delayed here..." Zev and I rolled our eyes as the captain detailed the rainy conditions on the ground. It was a last minute decision for us to go from Pittsburgh...
94WC_IMG_0850__1_.JPG Did I Make the Right Decision? by Lieba_Rudolph
BH I did something I said I wasn't going to do anymore: I read an online essay by a woman who left the "ultra-Orthodox" fold. At first I skimmed it, enough to glean that the writer had been brought...
H0YC_lb.jpg Some Things Are Not Okay by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H "Is it me or is it always either really hot or really cold here?" Zev asked as we walked through Montefiore Cemetery in Queens. There wasn't a cloud in sight; it was May but it felt like August...
What Makes the Mikvah So Mysterious? by Lieba_Rudolph
BH If there's one mitzvah in Jewish life that swirls with misconceptions, it's ritual immersion, otherwise known as The Mikvah. The canard is that mikvahs are dirty and that menstruating women are ...
6VSV_IMG_0580.JPG The Commencement Speech I Want to Give by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H Your birth was your defining moment, yet you didn't ask to be born at all, much less to the family you were born into. You didn't get a say in the city (I don't know how I got Pittsburgh; I'm n...