All She Wrote

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

Not Easy Being Green

01/07/2013 - 19:00
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

12/10/2012 - 19:00
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

11/05/2012 - 19:00
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

10/09/2012 - 20:00
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

09/10/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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

Elicia Brown

A Jewish Journey Here

08/06/2012 - 20:00
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

07/10/2012 - 20:00
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

The Toll Of Abuse

06/04/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

My friend’s tone was less buoyant than usual. What was wrong? Was it his marriage? Well, yes. 

Elicia Brown

Risky Surgical Business

05/07/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Almost two years ago, a woman who is dear to me announced she would undergo prophylactic surgery. Her decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes was painstaking; as a mother of young children, she didn’t relish the thought of slipping into early menopause, never mind the physical stress of surgery or disruption of her family life. Yet I felt mostly relief.

Elicia Brown

A Son Who Does Not Know How To Ask

04/09/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It began as the typical nightmare of so many parents, but concluded with an unsettling twist: Danny, age 3, had made his way through the door, down to the building’s lobby and out onto the lively sidewalks of Manhattan. By the time Hannah Brown found her son, in a shop near her Upper West Side building, she was beside herself. But Danny? He registered no concern.

Elicia Brown
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