Changing Our Associations With Judaism and Beauty

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 Changing Our Associations With Judaism and Beauty

When I wanted to feel more connected to Judaism before I started Jewish Food Hero, I spent a lot of time alone in front of my computer and on my phone in Cambodia Googling different topics.

I tracked the holidays with Hebcal and Chabad, and these tools gave me the factual information about holiday dates that I needed (for which I am grateful).

But the digital experience of using them was a functional relationship, not at all connected to my emotional center. And being in front of my computer or on my phone searching for Jewish holidays made me feel alone.

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7 Effortless Ways to Incorporate Your Jewish Faith Into Your Busy Life

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7 Effortless Ways to Incorporate Your Jewish Faith Into Your Busy Life

When life feels busy Jewish faith can be relegated to another item on our to-do list.  

Even with the best routines and intentions, going to synagogue, studying and talking to your children about what they’re learning and experiencing in Hebrew school can fall by the wayside in the face of work pressure, or unexpected emergencies.

And yet, it is when life is busy that we can best honor our Jewish faith through small daily acts.

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How to Talk to Your Children About Sex: Advice from a Sexuality Expert

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How to Talk to Your Children About Sex: Advice from a Sexuality Expert

When I spoke with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, Clinical Director of Maze Women’s Sexual Health about female sexuality, I knew I also wanted to ask her about how to talk to your children about sex.

As a mother, I’ve been unsure of how to begin this topic, what age to start talking about it, and where to go with it, and felt unsatisfied at the confusingly wide range of advice out there for parents. My intention for this post is for these conversations with your children to feel affirming and offer you the permission you may be seeking to start thinking about this topic as a mother.

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An Interview With Female Sexuality Expert Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus (Part Two)

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Today’s post is the second part of an interview with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, Clinical Director of Maze Women’s Sexual Health. (You can read the first one, which illuminates some of the common themes in female sexuality that Dr. Marcus has observed in her practice here.) I first learned about Dr. Marcus in an article in The New York Times, and instantly wanted to have a conversation with her about female sexuality for my Jewish Food Hero audience.

So much of the advice and information about female sexuality in the media is about being sexual in a relationship and portrayed as this external thing. My conversation with Dr. Marcus focuses us instead on the internal relationship with our sexuality. This interview is intended to be affirming and healing, and support you in processing your emotions and feelings about any aspect of your sexuality.

I hope this interview offers you insight into the past and a way forward by deepening your learning about the female sexual experience and validating your sexual experiences.

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An Interview With Female Sexuality Expert Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus (Part One)

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An Interview With Female Sexuality Expert Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus (Part One)

Today’s post is an interview with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, Clinical Director of Maze Women’s Sexual Health. I first learned about Dr. Marcus in an article in The New York Times and instantly wanted to have a conversation with her about female sexuality for our Jewish Food Hero community.

So much of the advice and information about female sexuality in the media is about being sexual in a relationship and portrayed as this external thing. My conversation with Dr. Marcus focuses us instead on the internal relationship with our sexuality. This interview is intended to be affirming and healing, and support you in processing your feelings of shame about any aspect of your sexuality.

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How to Step Off the Food Trend Train

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How to Step Off the Food Trend Train

The way that food is marketed to you in the U.S. and many countries around the world, you would think that being healthy is a game you’re playing to try to win.

This year it’s Greek yogurt and protein powder, last year it was Goji berries and kale. Every week it seems like food companies are coming out with a new “must-have” healthy food to incorporate into your diet.

Food marketing (and its corresponding social pressure) weakens your common sense of what’s right and leads you away from your body and health instincts.

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Chag Notebook: Liat Solomon

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Chag Notebook: Liat Solomon

Liat is the founder of Down to Earth, an organic vegetarian food company based in Bali. During a recent visit to Bali, I heard about her through conversations with Bali residents, and enjoyed a wonderful meal at one of her restaurants. Participating in one of her epic Shabbat gatherings is one of my primary motivations for returning to Bali!

Let’s get to know Liat and learn from her.

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Your Kitchen as a Metaphor for Your Life

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Your Kitchen as a Metaphor for Your Life

The mistakes you make when cooking food are the ones you make everywhere else in your life, too.

In this way, the kitchen is a metaphor for our personalities and behavioral patterns, for our whole life, really. What we do in the kitchen we do when we are alone, or with our parents, or with our partners, or with our children.

Mistakes are not a bad thing, even though they rarely feel good because of our emotional responses to them. Most of us feel ashamed when we mess up or miss the mark.

There are big mistakes that bring embarrassment or shame, and there are small mistakes that are so subtle that you’re the only one that notices. Both matter because often the emotional response is the same.

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On Inheriting Pleasure Patterns From Our Mothers

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On Inheriting Pleasure Patterns From Our Mothers

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, and I celebrated by reading a card my daughter made for me, going out for coffee with another mom and young daughter, and calling my Mom to tell her “I love you.”

It got me thinking about the time when I first became a mother and my relationship to pleasure. I believe it’s important for children to see their mother experience pleasure because it gives them permission to experience their own pleasure.

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10 Simple Ways to Connect With Your Body Right Now

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10 Simple Ways to Connect With Your Body Right Now

It’s an easy thing to fall into—forgetting you even have a body, let alone taking care of it and connecting to it.

Many of us treat our body as a column to hold up our heads. We can become so trapped in our minds that we forget the vulnerability, strength, and miracles of the human body.

We live in a time in history that prioritizes thinking, and many of your daily activities may in fact require your mind to make them happen. There’s also a barrage of information about how women’s bodies should look in all moments of our lives.

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