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Farrah Fidler is a publicist and social media consultant. A native New Yorker, and recent transplant to Brooklyn, she has always been a soul searcher and is constantly looking for new ways to connect with G-d.
December 8th, 2010

In my pre-Chanukah post, I discussed (or rambled on about) how Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, but also the time when Jews all over the world celebrate, and meditate upon, miracles.  But what kind of miracles exactly?  Well, we have the basic Chanukah story where the Hashmonaim found a small amount of oil that lasted eight days and nights to burn the menorah.  Now let’s go even further than that.
I recently heard a beautiful thought on Chanukah miracles.  The miracle wasn’t so much that the Hashmonaim found a small bit of oil that lasted 8 days, but that they believed… in themselves enough to search!  The Jews – the Hashmonaim – could have just given up on themselves, but instead they

December 1st, 2010

I have no anecdote to share of Hanukkahs past from my childhood.  No special connection to this holiday that commemorates the miracle of one small amount of oil that lasted 8 days and 8 nights to keep the menorah lit.  Yet I’ve been singing Hanukkah songs since last week, bought Rabbi Pinson’s book “Eight Lights: Eight Meditations for Chanukah” to get even more in the mood, stuffed Annie’s stocking with Hanukkah gelt, and placed my menorah on our table in anticipation.  And now, with Hanukkah just a matter of hours away, I’m going over latke recipes and drooling over the sufganiyot (jelly donuts) that my friends in Israel are eating.

November 8th, 2010

I posted earlier how excited I was to leave California (after an awesome time with my friends), and return to Brooklyn refreshed. It was a rough week back in New York. It was busy and stressful with work down to the final hour before Shabbat, when instead of emailing I should have been getting dressed for dinner.
I was invited to the Pinson family of Iyyun for Shabbat dinner and was so excited to finally have the opportunity to join them in their home. My friend came along and I was so happy when I found out a young couple I have become friendly with from the ‘hood was joining as well. Let me start off by saying that the Pinson home is adorable, just like the Rabbi’s wife, Rochie, and their beautiful children. Every…

November 1st, 2010

In case you didn’t catch it in my last post, I was in California visiting some friends from New York.  What a long trip it was.  There are two things I learned from my ten (10!!!) days away from Brooklyn:
1. Just because you go on a trip doesn’t make it a vacation.
2. I love my Jewish community where I live.
When I left NY for a spontaneous trip to Cali, friends were shocked, jealous, excited and expecting me to come back with a tan.  No such tan happened.
I loved the opportunity to spend time with my gracious friends and hosts who took care of me, but I found myself really missing Brooklyn.  I missed being able to walk everywhere.  I missed the cafes and bars lining the avenues.  I missed Prospect Park on sunny…

October 15th, 2010

Every Saturday Jews in synagogues all over the world read the Torah portion of the week, where another section of the Old Testament is read. While we are reading a different story each week, it is believed that there is a specific energy that exists for the week as well.
The portion that will be read this Saturday is called “Lech Lecha” where G-d says to Abraham, “Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” (12:1)
Rabbi DovBer Pinson of Iyyun sent this Dvar Torah this week that I’d like to share with you:
Thus begins the journey of Avraham, beginning with the leaving of his “home land” and the place…

September 30th, 2010

I’m about to turn into a pumpkin soon.  In less than 3 hours I will light candles symbolizing the start of a holiday, and that means unplugging.  Correct, no phone for me.  No email.  No touching of electricity, no spending money, and no public transportation.  For 73 hours.  The last two days of Sukkot are about to start, with tonight being Shemini Atzeret, and tomorrow night Simchat Torah.  Shabbat follows immediately after.   There will be dancing and singing and eating and drinking, as this holiday period is known as zman simchateinu… – the time of our happiness.
So I feel a little conflicted.  On the one hand, I am dreading the third time this month where I can’t use my phone for 73

September 23rd, 2010

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they consider online dating.  “Too religious” for JDate (I keep Shabbat and kosher), but not necessarily religious enough for Frumster (I’ve been known to sunbathe on Shabbat), I often struggle with which box to check and which label to apply to my Judaism.  Am I somewhere on the line that spans widely in Modern Orthodoxy?  While applying that label loosely, it always feels like a sweater that never fit right.
Having started my religious journey nine years ago, I’ve had the privilege of slipping in and out of various circles that range from Chabad houses and Upper West Side “fashion show” Shabbats to Kabbalah Centres and soul searchers who are a little…

September 21st, 2010

This video was shot by my friend Liz Nord for My Jewish Learning in Union Square in New York City to capture Sukkah City.  I hope it will help explain a little bit about the holiday of Sukkot and what a Sukkah is.  For more information about the contest and Sukkah City, visit their about page.  I actually didn’t know that a Sukkah could be built on top of a whale or a wagon.  Did you?…

September 8th, 2010

After I got over the bacon, light switch, Passover thing, I started to really get into the whole moving in together thing.  I thought about cookware, bedroom setup, odds and ends we’d have to buy.  In addition I realized I forgot a small detail.
“Hey Annie, do you know what a mezuzah is?” I asked over Gchat.  “I don’t think so…what is it?”
“Well, it goes on the doorpost and has a prayer in it and is put up for protection,” I tried to explain as best as I could.  When Annie asked if she’d be able to see the prayer, I had to tell her that it’s on parchment enclosed in a case, and of course immediately took to Wikipedia to explain when I couldn’t. …

August 25th, 2010

If only it were that simple. If only considering to live with a non-observant Jew and a Catholic was only about not cooking bacon in the apartment and keeping the light on in the bathroom during Shabbat.
I spent an hour on the phone with Monica gauging Annie’s love of bacon and her knowledge of the rules of the Sabbath. Even before my kosher-keeping days I’ve had an aversion to bacon. Once, while staying with a friend and her then boyfriend, I sat on top of their couch with my head hanging out the window while they made Sunday brunch: eggs and bacon. While complaining about my bacon-induced nausea, Monica confessed her distaste for shrimp after a college roommate had Costco-sized cravings. Okay. No shellfish,…

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