A steep curve

Life has definitely not been quiet for the last few months. I don’t think anything can really fully prepare you for what a life with a newborn/infant would be like. Or at least perhaps I didn’t have a whole lot of a clue of how consuming it would all be. Sure some people told me sleep would be hard to score, sure he would need attention a lot, but very few went into specifics and perhaps I didn’t really listen well anyway. Well I definitely did not get a good enough preparation for how physically difficult postpartum would be but that’s a different story.

Anyway, would it have made a difference if I spent more than cursory amount of time with newborns or infants when I was younger? Maybe but really probably not. For me, as for a lot of new parents, until you are personally in the saddle, the reality of the end of YOUR days (and I’m sorry but once you have a child, your life as you led it before is over) and the need to accept that and adapt, became a key to survival. I’m still working on accepting it. Sleep is still a struggle on some days, so is performance anxiety but at least physically I no longer feel like I got totally wrecked. And my son is adorable. I live for his smiles and laughter which he gives with what seems like much forethought( the giggles, not the smiles-smiles are very much abundant :)). He’s learning constantly and doing and touching and leaning and wanting to do things his little body hasn’t mastered yet. And I do manage to read that aren’t total mush too!

I guess we will be learning each other for a long time to come.

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In Yossi Klein Halevi’s ‘Letters to a Palestinian Neighbor,’ an Intimate and Candid Story of Jewish Life – Tablet Magazine

Yossi Klein Halevi’s ‘Letters to a Palestinian Neighbor’ may not reach its intended audience, but it may well have another closer to home
— Read on www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/261166/return-to-sender

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Cheburashka: A Soviet Beast of Unknown Origins – Tablet Magazine

The embedding of Jewish material into the Soviet animated children’s TV series “Cheburashka” by its Jewish creators calls into question the narrative that Jewish self-expression was wholly suppressed in Soviet popular culture.
— Read on www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/260892/cheburashka-soviet-animation

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National Poetry Month: ‘Contraptions’ at Bay Area’s Contemporary Jewish Museum – Tablet Magazine

Bay Area pride! Love to see pieces related to where I happen to live!

National Poetry Month: ‘Contraptions’ at Bay Area’s Contemporary Jewish Museum
— Read on www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/260192/jewish-contraptions

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Is Israel an Apartheid State? One South African’s Encounter. – Tablet Magazine

Is Israel an Apartheid State? One South African’s Encounter. – Tablet Magazine
— Read on www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/190413/my-parents-israel-my-apartheid

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The Children’s Book That Introduced Young Americans to the Young Jewish State – Tablet Magazine

The Children’s Book That Introduced Young Americans to the Young Jewish State
— Read on www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/259996/habibis-adventures-in-the-land-of-israel

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Helen Maryles Shankman Questions Whether Her Stories Trivialize the Holocaust

Helen Maryles Shankman Questions Whether Her Stories Trivialize the Holocaust
— Read on www.jewishbookcouncil.org/_blog/The_ProsenPeople/post/trivializing-the-holocaust/

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Long-lost Yiddish songs tell first-hand stories of Soviet Jews during the Second World War – ABC News

Long-lost Yiddish songs from Soviet era shed light on under documented history of Holocaust and lost Jewish culture.
— Read on abcnews.go.com/International/long-lost-yiddish-songs-hand-stories-soviet-jews/story

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The Last Synagogues in London’s East End – Tablet Magazine

London’s East End has been home to a vibrant community of Jews since the 1880s. But today, in this area, once home to almost 200 synagogues, just four functioning synagogues remain—three Ashkenazi and one Sephardi.

David Rosenberg, a social historian of the East End, explains how the demograp…
— Read on www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/257405/the-east-ends-last-shuls

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Now Streaming on Amazon, Masterful Documentary Captures the Haunting History of Moldovan Jews – Tablet Magazine

Had history gone another way, I might have grown up in a rural Moldovan village.

So begins Absent, the masterful 2015 documentary film by director Matthew Mishory. As history did not go another way, Mishory’s father and grandparents left Moldova before WWII, and he grew up in Los Angeles. Abse…
— Read on www.tabletmag.com/scroll/259390/now-streaming-on-amazon-masterful-documentary-captures-the-haunting-history-of-moldovan-jews

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