I’m Rebecca Klempner. Thanks for dropping by!

Click here to continue to my blog or pull up a chair and read on for your official welcome…

We might have met before in the pages of The Wisdom Daily, Hamodia, Tablet, or The Jewish Home LA, just to name a few of my normal haunts. Or you might have read one of my books, A Dozen Daisies for Raizy, Mazal’s Luck Runs Out, Sliding Doors and other stories, or Glixman in a Fix. My newest, Adina At Her Best, just came out from Menucha Publishers. You can buy it here, on Menucha Publishers’ website, or on Amazon. And if you enjoy it, don’t forget to leave a review!

If you haven’t read any of my work yet you can sample some of it here.

As you wander from page to page on this site, you’ll find out more about me, my work, and my opinions about the world of literature.

16 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Congrats on your wonderful, thoughtful article I just read on CNN….Wishing you much joy and happiness…and resolution as you look past the shortcomings of your family and deliver unconditional love….


  2. Hi! I’m a teacher looking for lesson plans for HaBayit Shel Yael… and Google took me to your website. However, the first link is no longer working. Do you have any other websites for lesson plans? Thanks


    • So sorry the link is no longer working! Other than Chinuch.org or that kind of thing, I don’t know where to find lesson plans specific to that book. However, it would really depend on what angle you want to take and the age of the kids. Here are a couple ideas off the top of my head:
      1) Tie it to the idea of what a home can be made of. Show examples of homes made out of unusual materials.
      2) Tie it to the idea of privacy. Would your young readers like a place of their own? Why or why not? Would they invite guests to their hideout, like Yael eventually does? How about designing such a home?
      3) Tie it to the idea of upcycling. What kinds of things can they do with boxes/crates? Bring a bunch to school and find out.

      Hatzlacha rabba!


  3. Hello,
    I just read your most recent articles in Tablet. I also just saw I had a copy of my grandfather’s medical diploma from the Imperial University in Yurien (now Tartu) Estonia. His last name was Klemptner and I’m wondering if we are related as I am working on family history. Kol tuv…


    • Klempner and the variants (Klemper, Klemperer, Klemptner) I think all mean “Tinsmith,” “Plumber,” or “Tinker.” It’s pretty common in the German- & Yiddish-speaking world. Our Klempners are originally from Dneipr-Petrovsk in the Ukraine, so it’s unlikely we’re related. I read that the town is/was very into metallurgy, so the name is even more common there, I think.

      But all Jews are mishpacha, anyway–right? 🙂


  4. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this website.
    I’m hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well.
    In truth, your creative writing abilities has
    inspired me to get my own blog now 😉


  5. I received an e-mail from someone named Seth Turner, who says he got in touch with me because of you — Rebecca Kempner. Do you know him? Is he on the legit? Or is he simply using your blog site to drum up business?


  6. I just read your article about missing coffee on fast days. I had the same problem for many years until I decided to drink a strong caffeinated coffee right before the fast starts. Poof – problem completely disappeared.


    • Thanks for reading my article and following up. I would totally try that. But I need to sleep at night. Despite my reliance on coffee, I never drink it past 4:30 pm, because it keeps me up otherwise. Glad it works for you, though.


  7. Hi, Rebecca! I read your article, STUCK IN THE MIDDLE, in today’s Tablet and I wanted to commiserate with you! I am a true blue, Massachusetts Democrat (heck, I voted for McGovern, Mondale and Dukakis!). Yet, I live in the very haredi community of North Miami Beach, FL where almost everyone is a Republican to the right of Attila the Hun (I can count only four other Dems in our community of 800 Orthodox Jews). And every so often, they will say something that I find loony, crazy, stupid, beyond the pale (you get the idea) and so I will respond only to receive their full wrath of all the negatives you quote in your article (“you’re trying to kill my children and I in Israel,” “you live in a dream world”, the Arabs don’t want peace (they never say ‘Palestinians’)”, etc, etc. So keep on writing the truth! You’ve got me here in North Miami Beach rooting for you.


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