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.
Mishenichnas Adar, when Adar begins, we increase many things. Rejoicing, for sure. And practical preparations for Purim, naturally: we’re choosing costumes and mishloach manot themes (or non-themes; no judgment here!), we’re planning our seudot, and we’re scheduling our Megilah readings. And of course, we’re teaching our children the story of Purim. Too often, we’re teaching
“If you don’t speak up, you’re part of the problem.” This sentiment appears in my Facebook newsfeed fairly regularly, in response to whatever atrocity has most recently been perpetuated against whichever individual/group/idea/etc. And to be honest, it stresses me out. Sometimes it’s obvious that whatever happened is indeed an atrocity, but sometimes I feel that
We all know the potential, in our age of email and texting, for the written word to be misunderstood in tone. I still remember the first email argument I got into as a teenager, before there were emojis to help smooth things out, because of one such misunderstanding. Of course, the tone might be obvious
In the interest of full disclosure, I must first state that I’m writing this on a dare. Here are some excerpts from an actual conversation with a friend via Facebook messenger (complete with grammatical shorthand common to the medium; don’t judge us!): Friend: Thinking of a much needed girls’ night out…interested? [link to information about
I recently made a surprising discovery: Pirkei Avot is a dangerous book. Sure, we call it “Ethics of Our Fathers,” which sounds fairly positive. And we regularly encourage our children to learn it, often giving them copies at the tender age of 12 or 13 without a second thought. But as my (adult) students recently
People are often amazed to discover that I still daven regularly – twice a day – even with one, two, three, four kids. I would hate to misrepresent myself or my spiritual devotion, though, so I think it’s important to share just what my “prayer” looks like. Once, when my oldest was a toddler, I
There’s been a little bit of buzz lately about sheitels; in particular, whether certain sheitels, of certain styles or cuts, conform to certain standards of halacha and hashkafa. Notice, I didn’t say whose standards. As outlined here, the debate about whether or not a wig constitutes an appropriate head covering for a married Jewish woman