Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

When my husband first suggested keeping Shabbat six years ago, I balked at the idea of interrupting my already interrupted life. But we worked out our own observance that actually does just the opposite. 

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I was never a fan of overnight camp and my 4th grade son swore he didn't want to go, either. But he seems to be changing his tune after a Hebrew school weekend retreat at Camp Harlam.

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It may be November, but my 7-year-old would rather swim a lake of fire than wear a sweatshirt and I've given up fighting him about appropriate clothing.

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Food, shelter, clothing, love — what more could my boys want? Everything their friends have. But giving in to them won't teach them anything about living with disappointment. 

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When you find me in the bathtub in the fetal position, blathering incoherently about how slider storage bags are superior to zippered, you will know that making lunches finally broke me.

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Profile

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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