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The Transitive Property

By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

October 31, 2010 | 5:32 pm

This week was tough. Someone in my life lost a job. Someone in my life was losing their home. A friend was physically assaulted by a family member. Another loved one was hospitalized for... read on

  • Confronting Mortality

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    July 7, 2010 | 11:03 pm

    On Monday, I went to the funeral of a member of my former congregation. My husband was off from work for the holiday weekend, and we were out with the kids for the day. In the afternoon, Tal and the kids dropped me off at the cemetery, went to the mall for ice cream, and then picked... read on

  • Mother’s Day Cards

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    May 14, 2010 | 3:53 pm

    Buying Mother’s Day cards was hard for me this year. It was the first time I wasn’t purchasing a Card for my mother – who died last year, just a few days after Mother’s Day. Also the store’s selection didn’t include all the types of cards I needed – such as step-mother.... read on

  • A Day at the Fair

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    May 5, 2010 | 3:14 pm

    This past Sunday, my family and I went to a carnival for Lag B’omer. The celebration took place in the middle of a major street which was closed to traffic and filled instead with rides and booths. The day was hot, and the sun beat down upon us as we stood in line for the rides.... read on

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  • The Best Laid Plans

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    March 19, 2010 | 7:32 pm

    This week felt to me like a comedy of errors. My son came down with a cold which he was kind enough to share with me. So on Saturday morning, I woke up with laryngitis. The problem was that I was invited to speak as a guest rabbi – but giving a sermon is a little tricky if you... read on

  • The Gifts We Make

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    March 10, 2010 | 3:13 pm

    Sunday was my daughter Hannah’s third birthday party, and I spent the few days prior baking her birthday cake. On Thursday, I bought the ingredients and on Friday I baked two rectangular cakes. Saturday night, I decorated the cake. First, I made brown, beige, and pink frosting. I... read on

  • God’s Olympics

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    February 18, 2010 | 10:44 pm

    This week, I’ve been completely engrossed in the winter Olympics. My favorite sport is figure skating. I marvel at the grace, skill and artistry of the skaters as they perform their intricate spins and jumps. I love the choreography as the Olympians tell stories with their bodies in... read on

  • God’s Olympics

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    February 18, 2010 | 10:44 pm

    This week, I’ve been completely engrossed in the winter Olympics. My favorite sport is figure skating. I marvel at the grace, skill and artistry of the skaters as they perform their intricate spins and jumps. I love the choreography as the Olympians tell stories with their bodies in... read on

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