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Posts by Leslie Rott

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Conversion and Genetic Screening

Leslie Rott Because my fiancé is converting to Judaism, I was very relieved that we wouldn’t need to do any type of genetic screening for genetic diseases that are typical for those of Jewish ancestry. However, we were talking to the Rabbi about whether there were any Jewish laws against in-utero genetic screening and the…

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Book Chat – “A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult

In Jodi Picoult’s “A Spark of Light,” hostage negotiator Hugh McElroy is called in to diffuse a hostage situation at the only abortion clinic in Mississippi. He finds out, to his dismay, that his daughter is inside the clinic and is being held hostage. McElroy’s sister is also in the clinic and is injured; though…

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The Balancing Act Of Marriage And Family

Because of the onslaught of holidays in the fall, we haven’t had the opportunity to meet with our rabbi on a weekly basis. This time has given us the opportunity to navigate some very difficult aspects of relationships, including balancing our relationship with family issues and other responsibilities. As our schedule and lives have somewhat…

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Books I Keep Coming Back To

Sponsored by The Lash Lounge They say that life doesn’t give you more than you can handle. But sometimes, it seems like everything goes wrong all at once. And sometimes, when that happens, you can’t concentrate on reading or don’t have time to read. That’s where I’m at right now.  I’ve started several books, but haven’t…

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illness memoirs, “Sick” and “Ask Me About My Uterus”

Women In Pain: “Sick” And “Ask Me About My Uterus”

This month, I am presenting you with a two-fer. I traveled a lot in the last two months and had the opportunity to catch up on, what is to me, pleasure reading. As someone with multiple chronic illnesses (lupus and rheumatoid arthritis), I devour illness memoirs. I know this may not be the genre of…

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Getting Married At Other Peoples’ Weddings

Well, not exactly. But, being at other peoples’ weddings certainly makes me think about my own wedding. And June, July and definitely August are shaping up to be very busy nuptial seasons. This August, my best friend and my sister are getting married within two weeks of each other, and I am in both weddings.…

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"Every Note Played" by Lisa Genova

Book Chat – “Every Note Played”

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease affects the motor neurons to the brain and spinal cord. It is progressive and ultimately leads to loss of speech, the ability to eat and move, and the ability to breathe. In “Every Note Played,” Lisa Genova chronicles the story of Richard, a world-class pianist, who has…

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We Were Asked To Draw G-d

Through the conversion process thus far, while I’ve enjoyed learning about Judaism, the parts that have been the most meaningful to my fiancé and me are the aspects that go into our personal views about faith, in general, and Judaism, in particular. In our last session, we were supposed to talk about the High Holidays,…

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