Friday, November 21, 2014 Heshvan 28, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

My 7-year-old asks who Jesus Christ is, insists that Poseidon is the real son of God and explains that he prays to a Tolkien Elf Queen God who gives out iPhones. 

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The best part of having Chanukah in November this year: I have yet to hear a syllable of Christmas jealousy from my kids and I've already planned out themes for all eight nights.

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Here are a few things I fantasize about doing to my children when they're grown up as payback for their behavior now.

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Here's the story of how I began our nightly prayer ritual in hopes of calming my oldest son, who still resists bedtime with Tyrannosaurus tenacity.

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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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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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