Jewish Journal

Under the Sea

By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

February 4, 2010 | 10:05 pm

Recently, I took my kids to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. As we walked through the exhibit, we reached one observatory with many fish, coral, and a diver who was cleaning the... read on

  • Taking the Scenic Route

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    January 26, 2010 | 4:42 pm

    At my son’s preschool, there are two ways that you can bring your children to class in the morning. You can drop them off in the carpool line through the garage or you can park and walk them to their classroom. Certainly, the carpool line is a more direct route. You don’t have to... read on

  • When the Plague Subsides

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    January 15, 2010 | 5:17 pm

    This week was tough. Sunday night, I came down with the stomach flu and was up all night in pain. I was a wreck all day Monday and then when I started to feel a bit better, my two-year old daughter Hannah woke up Tuesday morning with pink-eye.

    Illness is jarring. One moment... read on

  • Bare Feet

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    January 8, 2010 | 3:22 pm

    Bare Feet
    My children constantly take off their shoes. When they get into the car, the first thing they do is remove their socks and shoes. When we come home, they immediately remove their shoes. Everywhere we go, they are constantly shedding their footwear.

    Maybe they like the... read on

  • Discovering Mystery

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    December 31, 2009 | 1:08 pm

    This week, on our winter vacation, my husband, Tal, made a list of supplies before we went out to the market. My five-year-old son Jeremy wanted to get something from the store, but he didn’t know what he wanted. So he asked Tal to put “mystery” on the list, so he would... read on

  • Changing Dreams

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    December 23, 2009 | 6:52 pm

    I spoke with my friend Lisa last week, who is due to have her third child in January. Before having children, Lisa was a first grade teacher. After she had her first child five years ago, she left teaching to be a full-time mom. I asked her, “Do you think you’ll go back to... read on

  • Unexpected Miracles

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    December 18, 2009 | 12:59 am

    Last weekend, my two-year old daughter Hannah lost one of her shoes. These shoes were her favorite, and she refused to wear any other pair. My husband and I searched every nook and cranny of our house. We scoured our cars. We checked her stroller. We looked in the garage – in case... read on

  • The Hanukkah Wish

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    December 10, 2009 | 8:28 pm

    “What do you want for Hanukkah?” Bubby asked my five-old-son Jeremy.

    “The Horton Hears a Who Book,” he answered. “That’s my favorite.”

    “But you already have that book.” she replied gently, “You don’t want two copies of the same book. What else do you want for... read on

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Rabbi Ilana Grinblat teaches rabbinic literature at the American Jewish University’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their...

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