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Sarah Rudolph

Sarah C. Rudolph is a Jewish educator and freelance writer. She has been sharing her passion for Jewish texts of all kinds for over 15 years, with students of all ages. Sarah's essays have been published in a variety of internet and print media, including Times of Israel, Kveller, Jewish Action, The Lehrhaus, TorahMusings, and more. Sarah lives in Cleveland with her husband and four children, but is privileged to learn online with students all over the world through www.TorahTutors.org and www.WebYeshiva.org She is also Editor-At-Large at Deracheha: womenandmitzvot.org.

Freezing in Crisis

March 13, 2019, by

I once got a call from a friend whose husband had just been in an accident. Her preschool-aged son, around the same age as my daughter (I had two kids at the time), had a friend over and she wanted to bring them both to my house so she could join her husband at the

Finding Confidence – Or Doing Without

March 4, 2019, by

An internet search of the phrase “self-confidence” produces pages and pages of results, and they seem to basically all be articles about raising low self-esteem. Not until the third page did I find a title that seemed to be about high self-esteem – and even that turned out to be misleading: The section titled “Range

Purim Do’s and Don’ts

February 25, 2019, by

Purim has always been my favorite holiday. (While we have not yet welcomed the month with Purim, it is Adar. If I can already be thinking about how to use up a Costco box of crackers before Pesach, we can all certainly be thinking about Purim – especially in areas that might take some planning.)

The 40th Birthday Bash: Appreciating Each Day

February 20, 2019, by

For weeks, I told anyone who would listen about my plans to travel to a friend’s 40th birthday party in another state. Each time, I got a funny look – who makes such a huge celebration when they turn 40? – until I explained, “She has cystic fibrosis.” The look of amazement each time was

Going Against the Tide on Rosh Chodesh

February 5, 2019, by

When I was a kid, my mother would try to make Rosh Chodesh a Thing: we would often have a nicer dinner and eat it in the dining room. As I got older, I tried to remember on my own to make Rosh Chodesh special somehow, maybe wear something other than a jean skirt, but

Go to the Source

January 30, 2019, by

The other night, I gave a shiur that included two parts: (1) looking at several texts we’d already studied in the series, searching for phrases related to a particular angle of the topic; (2) reading just a few paragraphs of a long teshuva by Rav Moshe Feinstein, some of which we’d already read and more

Yitro Rejoiced; Be Like Yitro

January 23, 2019, by

According to a statement in the Gemara (Sanhedrin 94a), we should all be ashamed of ourselves. Well, at least the Jews of Yitro’s time should have been – but there’s a message for us today, too. After hearing about the exodus from Egypt, Yitro gathers up his daughter (Moshe’s wife) and two grandsons and brings

When Bad Ideas Happen to Good People

January 8, 2019, by

I’ve long had a soft spot for Rav Ovadia Seforno’s commentary (okay, for many commentaries; it’s my thing) – in particular, his perspective on the story of Yosef and his brothers, which I happened to get to teach recently. Little-known fact, unless someone corrects me: Seforno (15th-16th centuries, Italy) is the originator of the idea

So Why Risk Exile?

January 2, 2019, by

Last week, I shared some of the fears that go along with writing for public consumption – such as the possibility of being misunderstood, maybe even with disastrous results – but in the interests of space, I left out an important element of the topic: Why do it, if it’s so fraught with danger? One

Am I Exiled Yet?

December 26, 2018, by

It’s been about a year since I first submitted an article – which turned out to be two, because yes, I tend to write at great length – to OU Life. It wasn’t the first time I published online, but did precipitate a particularly prolific period of public ponderings. (I don’t always alliterate, but when I