Author Archives: Monique

About Monique

Chocoholic, jazz head ... prone to rants, and a professional pitbull. I married a terrific guy who happens to be a rabbi, so I guess that makes me a rebbetzin. Who saw that one coming? My grandparents survived the Shoah and spent their lives in the service of others. On my best days, I walk in their footsteps.

Esther the Superhero

In honor of Purim … a Classic Reprint from Monique! What little girl doesn’t want to wear a Queen Esther costume for Purim? She’s the paragon of our every dream – the beauty of all Jewish beauties, the savior of … Continue reading

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The Road Less Traveled

Parashat Beshalach Parashat Beshalach is unique in that it begins by telling us what God did NOT do. God did not guide them to the highway that goes through the land of the Philistines, because it was close by – … Continue reading

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A Strange Set of Priorities

Parashat Vayyera Why does Abraham argue with God over the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but not over abandoning Hagar and Ishmael, or over killing his own son, Isaac? In Parashat Vayyera, Abraham betrays a strange set of personal priorities. … Continue reading

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Why Remember?

Parashat Ha’azinu When I call out the name of Hashem, ascribe greatness to our God.  The Rock!  Perfect is His work; for all His paths are justice; a God of faith without iniquity, righteous and fair is He.   Corruption is not … Continue reading

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Love, Hate and the Greatest Commandment

Parashat Va’etchanan Why do we read this parasha every year after Tisha B’Av? Thought we were finished with all of the pleading already? This week, we spent a hungry evening on the floor reading Lamentations, remembering the horrific tragedies that … Continue reading

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Human Rights Day

Today marks the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Led by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, 48 of the most powerful countries in the world signed … Continue reading

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A little bit of gratitude

My maternal grandfather served in U.S. Army intelligence during WWII, and helped liberate Dachau (he was both a survivor and a liberator). My paternal grandfather served as a midshipman in the Navy on the Battleship New Mexico. Joshua’s paternal grandfather … Continue reading

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On being grasshoppers and eating giants

Parashat Shelach Lecha This week’s portion is about the Jewish people at our very best and our very worst. At our very best, we are secure in our identities, trusting in the promises of G-d in the face of immense … Continue reading

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Yom HaShoah: A Fresh Look at Ein Keloheinu

Yom HaShoah Today is Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. As I’ve mentioned before, my grandfather was a member of the U.S. armed forces that liberated Germany. Actually, he was both a liberator and a survivor, having escaped Germany as a … Continue reading

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Piles of Dead Quail

Parashat Beha’alotcha Imagine eating the exact same thing every single day. (That’s like forty years of Passover matzah) Now imagine complaining about it. Not just complaining – wailing. Standing outside your front door with your entire family carrying on as … Continue reading

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