All She Wrote

A monthly column from Elicia Brown, a thoughtful Jew, mother, wife and New Yorker.

Another Lens On The Shoah

04/09/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

In the tiny German village where she grew up, Rivka Weinstein was known as Cathrin. She played in the meadows and prayed in a church.

Elicia Brown

Fringe Benefits?

03/05/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Not so long ago, I felt my first stirrings of tallis envy.

Elicia Brown

Winter Of My Discontent

02/13/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Perhaps it’s the madness of mid-life, or the doldrums of winter, or just plain bad luck, but I haven’t been enjoying 2013 so far. I’m sick of sickness. I’m worn out by worry. I’m besieged by bickering children. My patience has been worn to the thinnest of rags.

Elicia Brown

Not Easy Being Green

01/08/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

I’ve seen this look before. It’s the way my husband responds to news that I’ve planned a trip involving the New Jersey Turnpike. But that’s not my plan this time. 

Elicia Brown

Chanukah: To Give And To Get

12/11/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

As a Jewish parent, I tend to feel a bit gleeful in late November. No need to brave lengthy lines. No need to explain to disappointed children why chopping down a tree isn’t an eco-friendly option. Here — at last — is the upside to my childhood envy of Yuletide merriment.

Ho. Ho. Ho.  (Ha! Ha!)

Elicia Brown

Winds Of Change

11/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

It is two days after Sandy, and the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan is overrun with stir- (and storm) crazy parents and their progeny. Ruth Balinsky Friedman, however, cuts through the boisterous crowd with ease. 

Elicia Brown

Confronting The Silent Killer

10/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

I catch myself in a sob when I see that parade of pink ribbons each autumn, the signs announcing loved ones lost to breast cancer. 

Elicia Brown

Free Range Jew

09/11/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Some people cheat on their spouses. I cheat on rabbis.

Elicia Brown

A Jewish Journey Here

08/07/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

On the spectrum of risky behavior, I fall toward the nervous end of cautious: I’m the type who analyzes every detail of every decision, resulting in paralysis over routine matters such as purchasing a new bedspread.

Elicia Brown

Shelter From The Storm

07/11/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The moment after my 7-year-old boards the camp bus, I’m off, sprinting toward Central Park, where my feet pummel the uneven earth of the Bridle Path, where my head pounds, and my troubles slowly retreat as I gain speed. Some days, I pray, too; silent pleas to a God I hope is listening.

Elicia Brown
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