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Judy Gruen

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I have always loved writing, and always will. My writing career began in health care public relations and expanded into writing cultural and political commentary, about Jewish spirituality, marriage and family, as well as humor. (I like diversity!) I've written three award-winning humor books, co-written a book on MBA Admissions strategy, and most recently, the book closest to my heart, my memoir, The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith.

In addition to working on my books, my essays and features have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Saturday Evening Post, Orange County Register, Jewish Journal, Jewish Action, Aish.com, Ladies Home Journ
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Seizing the Day

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Have you ever done something that was both so spontaneous and also so “big” that you almost couldn’t believe you did it? Well, about six weeks ago I realized that the annual Jerusalem Women’s Writers Seminar was coming up fast. I had never been to it, and I wanted to go. Israel is close to my heart but not to my house. It’s 11,000 miles away and a 14-hour flight, if yo...Photography)
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I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…

I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’

‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’

What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

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Elisheva Rina Mazel tov re: your new granddaughter!


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rivka The old photo was lovely, but I really like the new one!


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