Author: Sarah M. Seltzer

My Shmita Year

“That’s why, once every seven years in fact, this year, the one we started yesterday — the Torah demands that both we and the land take a Sabbatical. In Hebrew, it’s called a Shmita Year — a year of release.” Rabbi Auerbach, September 2021 This was exactly what I needed to hear, this on the second day… Read more »

Blood and Boundaries

A Re-Reading of the Torah portion Tazria-Metzora for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Fiction: Vocabulary for Fruit

“I wanted to tell her about the look on my father’s face when I refused to accompany him to the Kol Nidre service…”

The Burden of Pregnancy

Two of my pregnancies ended in miscarriage, and the other two resulted in the greatest joys of my life. But all four were a burden — emotionally and physically, personally and professionally. 

Mother Moon

A Jewish ritual for gathering outside under a waxing moon.

My light, Ori

For Ori, and for all the Black babies who light hanukkiahs now…maybe this is the year we can celebrate that they, themselves, are fire.