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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.

Writing Our Second Draft

July 31, 2018, by

I have a love-hate relationship with writing. Or maybe a hate-love relationship. I’m driven to write and I love the creative energy of pushing out a well-crafted sentence, when it works. I love watching my vague thoughts pour out into concrete expression on the page. But it’s incredibly painful when the words won’t come, or

Women, Bentching and the Role of Publishing

July 25, 2018, by

For years, I held onto two regrets about the planning for my wedding. Everything was beautiful, and I was overcome with joy, as a bride should be. But I had hoped to include certain elements of my particular values – ok, maybe make a little bit of a statement – in the details, and instead,

Breaking in Order to Build

July 18, 2018, by

Thinking about the upcoming observance of Tisha b’Av, I was struck by a bit of irony. (At least, I think it’s irony, though I’ve been a little paranoid ever since I heard a song mocking Alanis Morissette’s use of the word “ironic.” I comfort myself that I’m unlikely to make it so big that people

Tov L’hodos: The Power of Song

July 9, 2018, by

Music is great for stirring up memories and all sorts of other emotions. Ever since my oldest was a baby, I’ve relied on my repertoire of slow seudah shlishit songs as lullabies, adding an element of personal nostalgia to my kids’ bedtime routines. I was especially pleased when I used to find my son absent-mindedly

Choosing Holiness

July 3, 2018, by

Recently, I wrote about the importance of having a variety of people around from whom to learn. I joked to friends that it was just a cover to allow me to complain about people in my “village” teaching my kids things I don’t want them to, but I did also mean it. To prove my

What Makes a Friend

June 25, 2018, by

Last week, I lost a friend. Do I get to say that, when I can’t remember the last time we spoke or saw each other? When, if I had been tasked with eulogizing him, I wouldn’t have been able to summon up a single anecdote or description, other than the generic “funny” and “smart”? But

“No, Really, Are You Okay?”

June 13, 2018, by

In the wake of two high-profile suicides in the last week or so, there’s been a lot of talk about how people might be suffering deeply and those around them – even those close to them – might never know. I see calls all over the place for more sensitivity, more awareness, more reaching out

A Lesson in Correcting

June 6, 2018, by

There’s a strange passage in the Gemara in Kiddushin 32a. We are told that Rav Yehuda, the son of Rav Yechezkel, corrected his father’s lesson by saying “Father, don’t teach the mishna that way!” After describing the debate that ensued between father and son, the Gemara records that another sage, Shmuel, yelled at Rav Yehuda

Won’t You Be My Village?

May 30, 2018, by

More and more as my kids get older, I have come to appreciate the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” I used to think it was about basic care, things like checking on a neighborhood kid who fell off a bike, bringing food when there’s a new baby, maybe tattling on kids

Shavuos is Over; Begin Again Now!

May 23, 2018, by

Hashem gave us a present; do you know what it was? A few days ago, we celebrated having received the Torah, the greatest gift a tired, long enslaved but recently freed nation could hope to receive. And it was a truly momentous occasion, and we recreate elements of that occasion each year on Shavuos: by