ALL DRESSED UP WITH NOWHERE TO GO: so now what?

Now here I was with a new found fascination for Judaism…but with nowhere to go? Yes I Ioved the ideas in the books I was reading, i.e. “Seeing G-d” by Rabbi David Aaron, but what do I do with that? I called the only somewhat religious Jewish friend I had and asked her. Shari must Read More

THERE WAS NO MISTAKE: Yom Kippur take 2

Same day, same Yom Kippur Service, 2019. I was innocently sitting there gently striking my chest, whispering the sins listed in the Yom Kippur Siddur, when another wild wonderful realization came.  Having experienced a share of trauma growing up, I had wished many times I could return to the happy, unself-conscious, young girl who was Read More

TRAUMA: Yom Kippur & freedom

On Yom Kippur 2019 I was in Shul hungry, standing, sitting, standing, sitting, and as usual not really understanding what was going on. I began to feel guilty about something I imagined I hadn’t done well. A close friend was going through a tough time and though I had tried to support her, somehow I Read More

SWINGSTER: that girl can dance

My mom did not try to set herself apart. She went about her business, but she just was so zesty and full of life….back in the ’30s and ’40s, swing dance was the big thing and my mom (and dad) could dance! She’d lead me through the lindy hop moves in my little teenage bedroom; it…

TELL YOUR STORIES: Build it and they will come

WHAT ARE YOUR STORIES?  I was going to wait until the influx of your stories came spontaneously flooding in. Then, the plan was to set up a special link just for your tales. The idea that we are bigger and better when we come together is ancient. Building community. Not just Vivi and each reader. Read More

ADAM SANDLER: Meshugana 2.0

Adam Sandler. I love him. I have lots of reasons. He’s funny, cute, irreverent. Just a “regular” guy. He puts his friends and his wife in his movies, and he seems to have fun doing it. “Happy Gilmore”, “50 First Dates” and “The Wedding Singer” are seamless. Many of his movies are crass. A few Read More

BULLIED: A 12 year old’s story

I used to hate being Jewish, and was embarrassed of it. Scared too. I felt there was either no God, or if there was, ‘he’ was against the Jews and against me. I had actually hoped there was no G-d because at least if there wasn’t, the playing field would be level. I also hated Read More