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  Pondering Jew - How I Got This Way. A blog by Lieba Rudolph.
Goodbye 2016 by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H Zev and I were outside of Walgreens in North Hollywood, California, where our son-in-law Nachman was putting up signs for his Chabad community's Chanukah event. He wished the obviously Jewish-l...
What's the Spin? by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H You've heard the classic joke about every Jewish holiday: "They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat."  There's truth to that, but it's never the whole story, especially with Chanukah. In the Ch...
The Other Holiday in Kislev by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H Everyone knows Kislev is the month of miracles, with Chanukah as our emblematic holiday of Jewish victory over all physical and spiritual opposition. Less well known is the holiday of Yud Tes K...
2AF5_image1__6_.jpeg Conquering My Second Worst Fear by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H People used to comfort my aging father, of blessed memory, telling him that getting old isn't great, but "it beats the alternative." To this, he answered, "Yes...but not by much." Two of my big...
Legacy of Mumbai: Is It Light Yet? by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H For reasons known only to G-d,  Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivkah were murdered in their Chabad House in Mumbai on November 28th, 2008. Along with four of their guests, they were brut...
The Jew and the Turkey by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H Yes, it's true. I didn't always appreciate "the most wonderful time of the year." But times have changed and I've changed. Let's start with Thanksgiving. Traditionally, when our kids were young...
C96H_Shluchim_Pic.jpg Five Phrases Every Lubavitcher Wants You to Know by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H When my husband and I decided to become observant through Chabad thirty years ago, I was overwhelmed by how much I didn't know. By memorizing a few key Hebrew and Yiddish phrases, I felt more a...
Finding G-d in the Elections by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H "I hope you don't mind my asking, but how are the Orthodox voting?" She was an older woman with cropped grey hair and a New York accent; we left the polls together on Tuesday. I was surprised b...
DQKY_Smallest_Etty_and_Chayaeditededited.jpg Why Are You Reading This? by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H There were many arguments in favor of our return to Jewish observance, but the most compelling one was physical. I loved the idea that G-d wanted me to have children, because there was some inn...
KZAI_FullSizeRender__5_.jpg Out of the Box and in the Air by Lieba_Rudolph
B"H My husband Zev and I arrived at the airport gate for our morning flight to California. He typically goes to shul to pray, but our flight was too early. He decided he had enough time before boar...