My favorite thing about having 5 kids in the house (my 3 + my niece and nephew) is that once 2 of them go home I think, “Gee, it’s pretty quiet here.  I only have 3 kids in the house.”

It’s just one hilarious moment after another here.  The girls are dressed to the hilt in the play princess dresses and veils and shoes and handbags, etc, and they come upstairs from the basement playroom and tell me they’re having a wedding.

I say, “Who’s the kallah [bride]?”  My niece says, “We’re both the kallahs.”

I say, “Who’s the chossen [groom]?”  The girls look at each other and shrug.

My niece says, “There isn’t a chossen.  We’re just marrying each other.”

I choke down a laugh and say, “Who’s the rabbi?”

My nephew, 2 1/2 comes trailing along behind holding a Sports Illustrated magazine like an open book and says, “I da rabbi, I da rabbi.”


Overheard in the bath: my daughter “Mary” the daughter of very ideological Reform Jews, and her cousin “Sue” who is being raised Orthodox (the girls are the same age – just a few months apart):

Mary: Sue, guess what?  God lives in my pupik.
Sue, very shocked: MARY! THAT’S NOT TZNIUS (modest)!  Hashem does not live in your pupik!
Mary: What does that mean?
ME: Sue, what do you mean?
Sue: No one should see you naked!
ME: Sue, you’re right, we should all be modest and careful about who sees us naked.  But God is special, and is there for us whatever we’re wearing.  Remember Adam and Chava were naked.
Sue: Oh yeah.
Mary: And when you’re dead, you’re naked.
ME: Let’s not go there.

Second Conversation, same bath. Playing with the Noah’s Ark tub toys.

Sue: Give me Noah’s wife.
Mary: Who’s Noah’s wife?
Sue: She’s right there, give her to me.
Mary: Oh! There she is! Floating by the Taybah. What’s her name again?
Sue: I don’t know. Aunt EK, what’s Noah’s wife’s name?
ME: She does not have a name in the Torah. She’s just known as Noah’s wife.
Mary, indignant, with hands on hips: THAT’S NOT FAIR! WHY DOESN’T SHE HAVE A NAME?
Sue: Well that’s the way Hashem wanted it.
ME: Ladies, could we just get clean here?

Anyone who says young children don’t absorb these kinds of big ideas clearly has not spent time in the bath with these two.  Yes folks, the daughters of an Orthodox Jew and Reform idealogues.  Should be interesting to watch them grow up :-)

This is a great post.  So freaking true.  You can be right and dead at the same time.

Apparently, no one is safe from the craze that is High School Musical:

Daughter: “Mommy, I know where God lives.”

Me: “Really?  Where?”

Daughter: “In my pupik [belly].”

Me: “In your pupik?”

Daughter: “Yes, Morah Ruthy told me God is everywhere and inside all of us.”

Me: “Oh.  Does God like it in there?”

Daughter: “Yes, I eat very healthy.”

Just read the book Izzy and Lenore, by Jon Katz.  It’s the author’s account of adopting a border collie named Izzy and the journey of the two of them through Katz’s depression and working as hospice volunteers (both Katz and Izzy – she had her own ID badge!).  It is an amazing book, and a testament to the power of hospice and the power of animal love.  Lenore, the other dog in the title, makes her way into the book as a black Lab puppy Katz adopts into his menagerie of animals on his farm in upstate NY (including a steer named Elvis).

This is an amazing and inspiring story, and confirms my belief in the deeper “6th sense” that I believe animals have and the chesed they are capable of.  Just my two cents, but I’d love to hear if anyone has read this and your thoughts (or if you go ahead and read it).

So funny, I literally fell off my chair.

REFLECTION, ri-‘flek-shun

1: an instance of reflecting; especially : the return of light or sound waves from a surface; 2: the production of an image by or as if by a mirror; 3: the action of bending or folding back; 4: something produced by reflecting; 5: a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation; 6: consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose; 7(a): a transformation of a figure in which each point is replaced by a point symmetric with respect to a line or plane (b): a transformation that involves reflection in more than one axis of a rectangular coordinate system



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