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Sep 29, 2017, 8:55 AM
The new year is is the season of formal prayer, connecting us to traditions thousands of years old, and to issues ever-present in our lives. Prayer is communal in its performance, yet deeply personal in nature, which is why...
Aug 1, 2017, 7:37 AM
I spend my days seeking balance in life: creating joyful moments to offset challenges I face, practicing righteousness to outweigh injustice, finding the calm to counter the frenzy. I surround myself with reasonable, good-hearted people, and I attend to...
Oct 11, 2016, 3:10 AM
The death of her son forever transformed the synagogue experience for her
Sep 22, 2015, 1:16 PM
Inspired to Pray or Praying to Be Inspired?
It’s the eve of Yom Kippur and we are knee-deep in our holiday season. We menu-plan and shop and cook and freeze; we invite guests and polish the silver and iron the white tablecloth. As we welcome Rosh Hashana,...
Oct 25, 2014, 8:49 AM
Reverberations and aberrations: Tefillin laying fallow
Pondering the meaning of religious observance after all those prayers to save her son's life were futile
Sep 19, 2014, 7:51 PM
Rosh Hashanah: And his name shall be called
The friends of a son who died, carry his memory forward on their wedding days and in their children's names
Aug 6, 2014, 5:32 PM
Just One Mournful Day?
If my heart carries sorrow every day, am I required to mourn beyond that? How do I add a layer of communal loss onto the burden that already weighs me down, to grief that is emotionally deafening on more...
Michelle Schwartz lives in Baltimore, MD, She is currently a student internship coordinator at Stevenson University, as well as a mother and grandmother. She is mother to 4 children, including Gilad who passed away in 2010.