This week we welcome Rachel Barenblat as our guest blogger. Rachel is a student in the ALEPH rabbinic program (though not for much longer; she will be ordained a rabbi in January of 2011) and holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Author of four chapbooks of poems (among them chaplainbook, a collection of hospital chaplaincy poems, Laupe House Press 2006, and Through, a self-published collection of miscarriage poems, 2009) she looks forward to the publication of her first book-length collection in 2011. Her poems have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Since 2003 she's been blogging as The Velveteen Rabbi. She is a contributing editor at Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, though hasn't contributed much of late, thanks to the newest addition to her family, young master Drew Zuckerman, who was born last November.