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Living in the Grey

Posted on 05/14/2015 by Gila Rose in Beliefs and Practices
A few weeks ago, my daughter ate at a friend’s house for Shabbat lunch. She came back and excitedly reported that the friend’s older sister, recently engaged, was there with her fiancé. She...

New Year's Resolutions

Posted on 02/09/2015 by Gila Rose in Holidays
It’s (OK, it was) Tu b’Shvat! Yes, I know it was last week, so technically I’m a little behind, but remember the twins? I have an excuse! (If you are thinking, “Oh boy, she’s...

A Blessing On Your Head

Posted on 02/02/2015 by Gila Rose in Beliefs and Practices
Tap tap. Is this thing on? Welcome back, JVO-niverse. Or, rather, welcome back to me, to the JVO-niverse. I’ve been on maternity leave since the birth of my twin daughters four months ago. (It was the...

TINSTAAFS (There is No Such Thing as a Fresh Start)

Posted on 09/14/2014 by Gila Rose in Holidays
We are very nearly at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. “New Year” conjures all sorts of lovely, promising phrases like “fresh start,” “clean slate” and “new...

Broken Thoughts on a War

Posted on 07/21/2014 by Gila Rose in News & Updates
(I started writing an actual post, then realized I couldn’t really get out two consecutive coherent sentences. Considering that “Putting together coherent sentences” is kind of what I get...

Wartime Ramblings

Posted on 07/15/2014 by Gila Rose in News & Updates
Fine, it’s not a “war.” It’s an “operation.” There’s a difference, probably. Maybe it has to do with uniforms. I visited the War Museum in Paris two months ago, and...

Information Overload

Posted on 07/07/2014 by Gila Rose in News & Updates
Last week, after the discovery of the bodies of Eyal, Gil-ad and Naftali, I sat down to write about it. But I couldn’t. I’ve never been someone who could process events quickly and spin a coherent,...

#EyalGiladNaftali

Posted on 06/25/2014 by Gila Rose in News & Updates
So here we are, more than a week in. We use shorthand now. Mention “the three boys,” or even just “the boys,” and everyone knows what you are talking about. Eyal, Gil-ad, Naftali, the...

On a Hashtag and a Prayer

Posted on 06/16/2014 by Gila Rose in News & Updates
It’s the helplessness, really. As a human and certainly as a mother, I am a professional problem solver. If someone is suffering in any way, shape or form, I will Do Something to make them better....

For the Glory of God or Man

Posted on 06/10/2014 by Gila Rose in Beliefs and Practices
Or: Religious Epiphany at Versailles Two weeks ago, my husband and I went to Paris for a few days. Since we were Parisian neophytes, we had to do all the required Famous Things: Eiffel Tower, Louvre,...
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