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The Goq, you are a riot! So funny 🙂
That sounds great ready now, thank you!September 6, 2012 3:09 am at 3:09 am in reply to: Where to start becoming Jewish when family roots discovered #991122
Hello SiDi, thank you for your recommendations, especially given how early it is where you are! I look forward to checking them out. I hope you have a wonderful day on the horizon, just as mine is winding down here on the East Coast!September 6, 2012 3:06 am at 3:06 am in reply to: Where to start becoming Jewish when family roots discovered #991121
Why hello oomis1105, thank you so much for inquiring of me! I am inundating myself with information and checking out resources whenever I get the chance. People here have been very friendly, helpful, and welcoming to me — it is a good feeling to begin to be a part of a community! It is a bit hard for me right now to do some of the explorations that I want to do because I am caring for my mother as she undergoes chemotherapy, but I am at least trying to learn more by reading and reaching out in some way everyday. I hope that everything is going well with you? I always enjoy reading your posts on the various threads 🙂September 6, 2012 2:15 am at 2:15 am in reply to: Where to start becoming Jewish when family roots discovered #991117
Thank you for your well wishes Borough Park Mensch.
I haven’t thought at length about many of the issues you raise concerning work. That may be because I am already 35, have not married yet, and likely can not have children. I have just assumed that I would be the one supporting me because it really seemed like my only option. Being a child advocate attorney gives me the opportunity to still have children in my life and be able to help them. Already being closer to 40 than 30, I have come to accept that I may always be single.
I am not sure how my situation in this regard will be viewed in various Orthodox communities as I try to find my way in this world. Sometimes I feel lonely and discouraged by how far I still have to go on my own. I am trying to take things one step at a time.
Thank you for the great suggestions all!
Yitayningwut and square peg, I saw that book online and read some good reviews — I’m glad to hear that it’s worth getting.
Yytz, thank you for those specific suggestions about where to start. I am going to try the visualization you described today! I’ll have to look for that frum meditation book too.
HaLeiVi, I think I have some of the same concerns about it that you do — trying to stick with the truly Jewish concepts, as opposed to, e.g., all the Buddhist aspects frequently associated with meditation.
I’ve heard it stated as “anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” But, regarding it’s origins, I am completely in the dark!
I agree, those are very inspiring things to contemplate in meditation. I especially love focusing on the leaf colors when they begin to change in fall — I could stare at them all day! Do you meditate too?
Thank you Shoping613!
HaLeiVi, that is hilarious 🙂
That is perfect Mr. or Ms. Moderator!
Thank you very much, and I hope you have a good evening 🙂
I have read many a funny, kind-hearted, and caring post from you to others. I hope you may come to view yourself more kindly 🙂
It still astonishes me when someone wants to be compensated for doing the right thing, as in the situation with your wife’s phone. It is a sad statement.
Thank you Mr. or Ms. Moderator,
That is very kind of you to offer! Hhhmmmmmm…….how about “for the love of cats” ??? Too cheesy? I will leave that call to your sound discretion.
Thank you for your consideration 🙂
(and for your advice Shopping613!)
That is a great poem SiDi! I once had a similar problem in my kitchen; I did end up spraying Raid. But the funny part of the situation was that, when I first discovered the ants marching in through my dining room, my poor, beautiful, normally bold cat Cleocatra was besides herself: she took one look at the line of ants and meow-howled at them, then jumped high over them. I tried to convince her that she was a miniature lioness and that the ants would tremble should she roar, but the ants continued to have her petrified 🙂
Hello This Name is Already Taken,
I am hopeful too that the moderators will in time come up with one for me, maybe when things are slow in the CR (which is probably never!). Maybe a subtitle reflecting my undying love of all things cats 🙂
Suggest it and it’s yours if I am the mod that catches it.
Thank you for this post BaalHaboze, I have been thinking the past couple days that it would be wonderful to read some reflections on Rosh Hashana here!
Thank you iced, I’ll aspire to reading it in Yiddish someday!
Thank you mommamia22… very interesting!
Sorry WIY, I meant to type “Hello,” not “Help”!
Were the items that you purchased from Aish Audio reasonably priced?
On the rocks. 🙂
I truly appreciate the encouraging replies from recent posters!
Working Mom, it is comforting to know that we, though thousands of miles apart, are in a similar boat, so to speak. I would very much like to have this ability to converse in Yiddish as well — I was thinking that it could really help as I get deeper into trying to find out just what happened on my mother’s side of the family when they left Germany for Brazil between the World Wars. Good luck in your journey of learning Yiddish; I’d be very interested to hear how it goes for you.
Nechomah, twisted, and thehock, thank you for all of your helpful suggestions! I had not even thought of the possibility of Yiddish radio. I think I will look into the yeshiva in Philadelphia as well and try to find some good books on line.September 4, 2012 6:27 am at 6:27 am in reply to: Do you still get childish impulses to do silly things? #1060084
I still love to play in the snow, jump in piles of fall leaves, and blow bubbles if the opportunities arise — such as when I take care of my little cousins!
Every time I read BaalHabooze’s subtitle, I laugh out loud!
Thank you Nechomah for your helpful suggestions! I am about an hour from Philadelphia, where I am thinking about trying to find Hebrew and Yiddish language courses.
That is very interesting mommamia22 … I have always wondered how the salt works to get rid of bugs.
My MomMom (my mother’s mother) spoke it. I believe that she was brought up Jewish in Germany between the World Wars, until the family fled to Brazil and eventually came to the US.
Thank you to all for the suggestions about ways to learn Yiddish. I live several hours from New York City, so unfortunately I will not be able to take advantage of in-person resources there. The suggestion of children’s books is one I hadn’t even thought of! I will see if Rosetta Stone offers anything too, as was also suggested. I didn’t realize that there was a Complete Idiot’s Guide that would be relevant, but I guess that’s not surprising since they seem to have one for everything! Although I would still have to travel some distance to the nearest big city of Philadelphia, I may see if there are any Yiddish language courses there somewhere, as someone else recommended. I would love to get my feet wet with a book of idiom and expressions — I have a very tiny expression book at present, and it is heart-warming for me to look through it again and again to pick out the ones that my MomMom used to say. A sefer teaching the basics of Yiddish is another recommendation that may really help me build some kind of language base. The grammar book suggestion would no doubt be very helpful in that regard as well. All great ideas — many thank yous!
Hello cshapiro, my MomMom used to soak fresh broccoli in a salt water mixture for a while before cooking it or eating it to address that issue. I don’t know anything about kosher companies that check their fresh produce for bugs, but maybe this salt water soak can help eliminate any that are present.
Thank you — once again, you are a kind, encouraging, welcoming voice reaching out to me! That is priceless to me on this journey 🙂 And you express yourself just beautifully!
Thank you Kapusta for your warm welcome!
Thank you very much agentemes for these excellent suggestions…I will check them out!
Hello Coffee Room,
I see I missed a lot while I was in Atlantic City for the day.
There is a great deal of discussion here about issues of contention that I had no intention of raising.
For everyone’s reference, I am new to the Coffee Room, looking to become Jewish after discovering Ashkenazic Jewish roots on my mother’s German side of the family. You can find out more about me on my thread from this past week that concerns this exact same subject matter. I will repeat some salient facts below:
I am already 35 and have been a practicing child advocate attorney for ten years;
I am a single woman with no children, and no one else in my family is interested in taking this journey with me;
The relatives who would have been able to tell me about my Jewish roots, which wound through Germany, Brazil, and then the US, have been deceased for years.
I apologize for the repeats above that many of you got on my first thread already.
I do not consider my learning Hebrew and Yiddish to be an either-or prospect. I will be learning both. They both are very meaningful to me and I would not choose one over the other. I want to learn Yiddish in addition to Hebrew because I want to feel that extra cultural connection to my dear late Mom Mom, who took that journey around the world between the World Wars to keep our family alive.
Perhaps learning two new languages sounds like it will be daunting for a newbie like me, and it is! However, I have always loved languages. I grew up with English as my first but learned a little bit of German and Yiddish from my mother’s side of the family. Later I studied Latin and became conversant in French while majoring in English, and when I trained classically in piano and voice, I learned to sing in Italian, French, and German.
If you really want to hear a tall order, you should know that I would very much like to eventually add another Jewish language to my knowledge base, even if the language is not spoken much or even at all anymore! I find Djudezmo and Judeo-Persian to be two tantalizing possibilities of many to consider in this regard.
All of that being said, you can pretty much assume that my knowledge base regarding resources to best learn Hebrew and Yiddish is extremely minimal. To answer 147’s question as to whether I am oblivious to the fact that Art Scroll does not translate certain texts into Yiddish, I repeat that I am just scratching the surface in my exploration — so yes, I am indeed oblivious at present but am trying very hard to rectify that.
To those who responded to my original post with suggestions on how to best go about learning Yiddish, I thank you for your suggestions and will reply more individually shortly.
For reply commentators on other topics, please rest assured that you need not convince me of the merits of any aspect of the enormously diverse Jewish cultural experience — I was already persuaded before I came to the Coffee Room. I sought you out not only because of my family connection but because I love all the beautiful similarities and differences that tie this people together. All of these aspects are priceless to me; I could never rank them.
It would be boring if we were all exactly the same. I have so much to learn from all of you.
I want to convey to all of you that I find all the ways and languages which the Jewish people have used to communicate with G-d and each other to be just as holy and beautiful. To me, it is awe-inspiring how we have found so many different ways to praise this one G-d, and I love to find the similarities across languages that are manifested in regional variations. A few years ago, I read a book by Dovid Katz called Words on Fire: the Unfinished Story of Yiddish, which really ignited my interest in learning all I could about as many vernaculars as possible.
There have been innumerable Jewish ways to praise G-d throughout time and space. As I learn more of the history of each way, what began as a solo melody line transforms into a rich symphony, all parts equally beautiful, holy, and worthy. I feel a calling to explore the Composer’s full score so I can understand the voice given to each instrument.
Hello again kapusta,
I threw caution to the wind and checked out this audio lecture, thinking that I would just try to understand what I could. I was very happy to be able to understand almost the entire thing! I really like the site and am listening to some of the daily audio bits as well. Thank you for this recommendation!
Between ICOT’s knowledge of many bridges and Popa’s knowledge of this one bridge in particular, I am feeling much more reassured now 🙂
I sure hope so! I’ve read a few of your limericks BaalHabooze — very funny 🙂
This sounds like a fabulous suggestion, and I was wondering if it is something that someone who knows barely any Yiddish or Hebrew can understand? I have newly come to Orthodoxy, after having discovered Jewish family roots.August 31, 2012 5:17 pm at 5:17 pm in reply to: sheitel-wearers, any advice in choosing wig for chemo patient? #894275
That is a great idea wanderingchana! You’re right I think — it could help her feel less stigmatized. Thank you for the wonderful suggestion and your well wishes for my mother.August 31, 2012 3:45 pm at 3:45 pm in reply to: sheitel-wearers, any advice in choosing wig for chemo patient? #894273
I am very happy to hear that your mother is in recovery, and I pray that it continues! Thank you for your healing wishes for my mother, and also for the information on the positive aspects of synthetics.August 31, 2012 2:26 pm at 2:26 pm in reply to: sheitel-wearers, any advice in choosing wig for chemo patient? #894271
Thank you so much Be Happy, that is so generous and thoughtful of you! I am very glad to hear that you are doing well after treatment. That is very inspiring 🙂
Thank you Brookline for all of your information. These systems can certainly be confusing to navigate when one is not accustomed to the process.
I am thinking that you may be correct about that, now that I have reviewed a few more aspects of New York’s mandatory reporting laws. It would seem that the mandatory reporting legal duty is enlarged for social service workers, more so than for the other classes of mandatory reporters (such as teachers).
I apologize for any confusion for this misunderstanding. Thank you for that clarification.
That is fascinating! Thank you 2bshvat. I will have to look up these verses. I always sensed that Cleocatra was very special 🙂August 30, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm in reply to: sheitel-wearers, any advice in choosing wig for chemo patient? #894269
Hello TCG, real Israeli, and Be Happy,
Thank you for the very helpful practical advice! And even more, thank you for the well wishes with regards to my mother’s recovery. It sounds as if there is a growing consensus for real hair wigs, if one is to be worn.
Be Happy, I hope that you have had a full recovery after your chemotherapy. TCG, I am sorry to hear about your condition, which I know is very trying — my father volunteers for and donates to a children’s alopecia non-profit for a family friend’s child who is going through this.
Your various insider tips on how to achieve the most natural look are priceless.
A neighbor is not a mandatory reporter, but a teacher is (MorahRach mentioned that she was a teacher in a previous post). Within the past several years, various states (including Pennsylvania where I live and New York) have expanded the scope of reporting for mandatory reporters to include situations of second-hand knowledge. The duty is also extended beyond the classroom (or whatever the mandatory reporter’s official work environment is).
Hello MorahRach, I am wishing you the best of luck and will be thinking of you! Please take care.
You too OneOfMany? Then it must be that minds of genius think alike! I am learning many Hebrew and Yiddish words from posts here, but I did not expect to learn an emoticon for a cat smile…what an unexpected surprise! My Riverside Shakespeare is one of my most hefty and treasured books of all time. I would like to make a personal resolution to read more of his historical plays than I have yet. I devoured the comedies and tragedies. How about you?August 30, 2012 5:14 am at 5:14 am in reply to: sheitel-wearers, any advice in choosing wig for chemo patient? #894265
Thank you very much golden mom for your healing wishes and recommendations! I love the way you put it — “unhair look” — that is exactly what my mother wishes to avoid. It is good to begin to get a sense of price range, too.August 30, 2012 4:57 am at 4:57 am in reply to: sheitel-wearers, any advice in choosing wig for chemo patient? #894264
Two really beautiful posts already, almost bring me to tears! Thank you The Goq and mommamia22 for your kind wishes regarding my mother’s recovery…I hope and pray it will be so!
Mommamia22, you are a thoughtful, giving person to take the time you did to detail so clearly what goes into the wig-making process. Now I have a much clearer idea of what we will be doing, and your recommendations make a great deal of sense. I hope that your own sister recovered well and continues to be in good health.
What lovely people I have been blessed to come across in the CR!!! 🙂August 30, 2012 4:47 am at 4:47 am in reply to: sheitel-wearers, any advice in choosing wig for chemo patient? #894262
Arggg! The former English major in me cringes…”neither of us has any experience,” not “have”! Sorry 🙁
Hello Sam2 , thank you for cluing me in to the joke; they are often hard for me to get, even when I understand the language! I also appreciate the information on the different customs…I love how each place has their own additions to the larger traditions.