Tag Archives: Emmanuelle

Scaredy Cat

“You know,” our Rabbi said to us, one afternoon, as we walked to our home in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida, “There is an old Kabbalistic idea that cats are the transmigrations of souls. A gilgul of a person who has … Continue reading

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Mommy, Don’t Go

It was the night before my third birthday, and as my mother sat at the edge of my bed, gently stroking my hair and saying the evening prayer, Shema, with me, I wrapped my arms around her and pleaded with … Continue reading

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Squirrelphobia and Carphilia

At 18 months old, my son became sickeningly obsessed with cars.  One of the early signs of Jakey’s fixation was his frequent tantruming upon buckling him into his carseat.  He felt sorely misplaced in the back row, imprisoned by his … Continue reading

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“Mommy, look!  I found an acorn,” Jakey says, running over to me, and slowly opening his tiny fingers to show me his discovery. “Actually, that’s a berry!” I say, bemused by the fact that, at three, he would mistake this … Continue reading

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