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  Pondering Jew - How I Got This Way. A blog by Lieba Rudolph.
HW7I_3a389187_7f10_45f8_8d05_023dc4b14a0a.jpeg Getting Over My Unhealthy Obsession by Lieba_Rudolph
BH I didn't even need to go inside a hospital to learn about the mitzvah of  bikkur cholim , visiting the sick. It was an integral part of my family background. I grew up with stories of my grandfa...
All I Needed to Know I Forgot by Lieba_Rudolph
  BH The first time I had an epiphany about my lamentable state of being, I didn't become closer to G-d. I just knew I had to change--drastically. This moment occurred when I was about to graduate ...
Can We Get Rid of This Monster? by Lieba_Rudolph
BH By now, people have stopped asking how many children we have. (Our youngest child is seventeen.) Now they ask how many grandchildren we have. I know they're just making conversation, indulging t...
FF0J_litman_chosson_kallah2.jpg From Terror to Triumph by Lieba_Rudolph
BH The timing couldn't have been worse for Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his 18-year-old son, Netanel. Arab terrorists gunned them down five days before the wedding of Yaakov's daughter, Sara Techiya. Th...
1OQJ_Wow2.jpg 5 Ways to Impress a Lubavitcher by Lieba_Rudolph
  BH When my husband and I decided to become observant, I was overwhelmed by how much I didn't know. Memorizing a few key Hebrew phrases helped me feel like less of an outsider. I was also hoping t...
Are We There Yet? by Lieba_Rudolph
BH I remember a song from my Sunday School days in Pittsburgh. It was called,"There Is a Mystic Tie." The tune was the same as  Hatikva , but they didn't connect it with the state of Israel. I can'...
3UAC_a2fb55c536eea0347fb5acd3071533b8.jpg Jewish Men Make Better Shluchim by Lieba_Rudolph
BH I didn't  need  to go to Crown Heights with the men in my family to the  Kinus haShluchim  (Chabad's convention for male emissaries), but why not? These conventions are a huge nachas for me; I s...
The Day I Finally Grew Up by Lieba_Rudolph
  BH It really isn't my fault I was raised with a feeling of entitlement. I didn't choose my surroundings and you can't blame me for not wanting to change them. As far as I could see, it was a good...
A Trick Worth Trying by Lieba_Rudolph
BH When people ask me how long I've lived in Pittsburgh, I usually answer, "since my grandmother was born." I live around the corner from where I grew up and from where my mother grew up. People al...
Hold That Thought by Lieba_Rudolph
BH The only reason I can admit that I do this is that some of my family members have admitted they do it, too. When something annoying happens to me, an indignant voice inside my brain scrambles au...