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Cicadas: God’s Misunderstood Creatures

If the record heat wave isn’t enough to drive you mad, then the loud and rambunctious cicadas that have invaded St. Louis like the biblical eighth plague of locusts is sure to make you crazy. Continue reading

Going Green Is A Way of Life for Entrepreneurial Mom

How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?
Only one, but don’t bother. I’ll just sit in the darkness. I don’t want to be a nuisance to anybody.

This funny stereotype might apply to some older generations of Jewish women, but certainly not us modern moms, at least none who’ll admit to it. Continue reading

Lag B’Omer Connects Jews to Mother Nature

Jews are always reminded to count their blessings, especially during the period of Omer when we literally count the days between Passover and the festival of Shavuot. Historically, this counting ritual has agricultural significance because it counts the days from the planting to the first harvest. Lag B’Omer, which is not really a word, but the number 33 in Hebrew, falls in the middle of the cycle and is celebrated with a day of family outdoor fun. Our connection to nature is the foundation of our Jewish civilization, so go ahead and enjoy this special Spring holiday to its fullest with your favorite outdoor activity. Continue reading

Tu Bishvat Plants Deep Roots in Our Environment

In the dead of winter, cherry blossoms bloom in Brooklyn, New York. And in the Midwest, the unseasonably mild weather allows Jack to still wear gym shorts when he plays basketball in the driveway. Then again, he likes to trudge barefoot in the snow.

Seems innocent enough, but truthfully I wonder if this bizarre temperature pattern is a subtle warning sign that our environment is in trouble. Continue reading