JFN Member Launches "The Jewish Skinny" Newsletter


Two nice Jewish girls are getting skinny, but they’re not on a diet. Instead, they co-founded and launched The Jewish Skinny, an e-newsletter.

It offers a witty, fresh, commentary on the weekly Torah portion and explores ancient and trending Jewish issues, including history, books, holidays, Hebrew, Torah, pop culture, influencers, and DIYs. Judaism embodies rich content for how to live a meaningful and holy life and how to raise children with a deep sense of values and purpose. The Jewish Skinny curates and shares that rich content with hip branding. The goal is to enrich, intrigue, humor, and inspire Jews, non-Jews, Jews-by-choice, wanna-be Jews, and people who just like Jews.

The two nice Jewish girls behind The Jewish Skinny are Suzanne Felson (a JFN member) and Debbie Findling, Strategic Philanthropic Advisor to the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund (the Fund is also a JFN member). They became best friends when their daughters attended the same Jewish day school. Suzanne is a philanthropist and tech entrepreneur who's the Founder and CEO of Reso.io, which enables parents to book activities for their kids online. She’s also mom to three kids, ages 8, 10, and 16. Debbie holds a doctorate in education, a master’s degree in Jewish education, a graduate degree in Rabbinic Literature, and a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies. She's the mother of a 14-year-old daughter and has worked professionally in the field of philanthropy for more than a decade.

Here’s a taste of The Jewish Skinny: The moon’s cycle of waxing and waning can feel meditative and mystical. The Talmud (tall-mood) – a collection of ancient Jewish laws and customs – says we should view the moon’s monthly renewal as a reminder of the magnificent wonders of the world. God (or read: divine presence, holiness, transcendence, spirituality) is often hidden from us. When the new moon appears each month, it’s as if God is coming out to greet us. And, when we see the new moon, we’re supposed to say, “Hi!” back with a blessing called Birkat (beer-kaht) Halevanah (ha-lev-ah-nah), which means: the blessing of the moon. There are lots of versions of Birkat Halevanah, but the basic formula is the same. Try it! It is done when the moon is waxing. (That is: when the moon’s illumination is increasing, before it becomes a full moon.) Even if the moon can be clearly seen from inside, we’re supposed to go outside as if we’re running to greet a queen or king or even Josh Hutcherson. Then, stand under the open sky and face east (toward Jerusalem). Place your feet firmly together, look up at the moon, lift up your heels and stand on your toes 3 times (lift, don’t click like Dorothy) as you say to the moon: “Blessed is your maker. Blessed is your creator who formed you.” You can add: “Blessed is God (or insert: divine presence, holiness, transcendence, spirituality) who renews the months.” Then smile and wait for the moon to wave back.

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