Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

After the giving tide of my son's 10th birthday receeded, I steeled myself for the usual resistance to writing thank-you cards. To my surprise, he sat down and wrote them without a single complaint.

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An old show tune brought me back to my Nana's kitchen when I was a little girl, listening to her sing along as she prepared Shabbat dinner. 

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More than halfway into the Hebrew school calendar, I still can't decide whether continuing our current course or switching to a lone tutor would best benefit our disgruntled young scholar.

 
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You know how certain sounds just seem to cause internal physical injury? I never thought my kids would make so many of them.

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News that Loehmann's was closing upset me the same way as learning that a good friend is moving away because this fashion outlet was more than a store to me — it was the classroom where my Nana taught me how to find a bargain. 

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Want parenting advice? Yeah. So do I. You’ll have to go elsewhere for that. But if you want to lighten your mood while reading about someone else’s parenting issues, you've found the right blog. Read on for reflections on contemporary Jewish parenting through the eyes of a Philadelphia writer, wife and mother just looking to get a little shalom bayit.

In addition to blogging on Mother Words for the Jewish Exponent, I work as a freelance copywriter. I write brochures, annual reports, bios, advertising copy, headlines, taglines, tweets and more for hospitals, nonprofits, schools, retail stores and small businesses. Before going into marketing, I was a journalist. My articles have appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Philadelphia Magazine.

Find out more about me and my work here

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