'Bloom Where You Are Planted'

Tokyo at Sunrise

Tokyo at Sunrise

(Post by AIMEE LEDEWITZ WEINSTEIN) Some people might think I’m crazy, but my favorite time to hit the streets to exercise is 5:30am.  I have always been a morning person, (ask my friends whom I would read more

Every Meal in Japan is an Experience

Every Meal in Japan is an Experience

(Post by AIMEE LEDEWITZ WEINSTEIN) Like many humans, I spend a lot of time not only eating, but thinking about food.  In Japan, food is not just sustenance or yummy, but a different type of art read more

Family, Friends & the Mikveh

Family, Friends & the Mikveh

(Post by AIMEE LEDEWITZ WEINSTEIN) Running late, I hurried into the synagogue.  The rabbi met me downstairs and started explaining the whole process as we walked toward the mikveh. We had a conversion to complete. A read more

The Bar Mitzvah Boy

The Bar Mitzvah Boy

Photo by Fotik, all rights reserved (Post by AIMEE LEDEWITZ WEINSTEIN) I didn’t know that poised, confident young man who stood before the congregation leading the service.  He bore a strong resemblance to my 13-year-old son, read more

You Gotta Have Hope

You Gotta Have Hope

Feature Photo: Aimee’s grandmother & grandfather, 1994 (Post by AIMEE LEDEWITZ WEINSTEIN) When I finished college, I got a plum job right in downtown New York City.  Of course, being my first job out of school, read more

A True Story

A True Story

Photo credit: terragalleria.com (Post by AIMEE LEDEWITZ WEINSTEIN) “What are you smiling at?” The words startled me out of a reverie as I was walking down my local shopping street in Tokyo, carrying my briefcase and read more

Between Siblings, History is What Matters Most

Between Siblings, History is What Matters Most

 (Post by AIMEE LEDEWITZ WEINSTEIN) I started calling my brother “Dink” when he was about twelve, and I was sixteen.  That was the year I got my driver’s license and my parents gave me my mom’s read more

Out of the Rubble

Out of the Rubble

Artwork credit: Hannah Rosenfeld, High School Student  (Post by AIMEE LEDEWITZ WEINSTEIN) People in Tokyo tend to divide time into two categories: before the earthquake, and after the earthquake. Before the earthquake, we didn’t worry about read more

Reinventing Mama

Reinventing Mama

(Post by AIMEE LEDEWITZ WEINSTEIN) For twelve years, my life has revolved around kids and kid activities.  Even though I have usually worked at least part time, my first priority has always been the munchkins.  I’ve read more

Celebrating the Miracle of Hanukkah

Celebrating the Miracle of Hanukkah

(Post by AIMEE LEDEWITZ WEINSTEIN) This year, my husband, the kids and I decided to spend two weeks in Hawaii over Hanukkah instead of heading to the mainland of the U.S. to visit our family. The four read more