click here to jump to beginning of article list
  • Torah Reading: Ekev
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​




Mother's Day Fantasy

Mother's Day Fantasy

by

Think precious metals, and remember: I already have a Dustbuster.

The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game

by

There is more than one way to define a large family.

Elijah in Manhattan: A Love Story

Elijah in Manhattan: A Love Story

by

Sometimes the longest journey is the journey home.

A Ghostly Bar Mitzvah

A Ghostly Bar Mitzvah

by

A tale about a father and son who plan a Bar Mitzvah celebration in a ravaged Polish village in 1946.

A Beautiful Soul

A Beautiful Soul

by

Shaindel is schizophrenic and homeless -- and a beloved fellow Jew.

How Many Rabbis Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb

How Many Rabbis Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb

by

My battle with a halogen light fixture.

I'm So Tired

I'm So Tired

by

I have become an expert in tiredness, and I need at least nineteen more words to express all its different aspects.

Birthday for the Bereaved

Birthday for the Bereaved

by

The mother of a terror victim grapples with a meaningful way to commemorate her son's birthday.

When Loss and Celebration Collide

When Loss and Celebration Collide

by

A mother's passing and a son's bar mitzvah create an emotional whirlwind when both run into each other.

Something You Already Know

Something You Already Know

by

The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who fear getting older and those who do not.

Father's Day and Raw Eggs

Father's Day and Raw Eggs

by

Memories from age 8 shed light on a deep spiritual truth: You will be judged the way you judge others.

Sundays!!

Sundays!!

by

I don't know about you, but keeping my kids happy on Sundays is a major challenge.

Out of the Mouth of Babes

Out of the Mouth of Babes

by

A child's perspective is clear and pure, unclouded by "experience" and cynicism. If we allow ourselves, we can learn much from a child's wide-eyed view of life.

Not Another Parenting Class!

Not Another Parenting Class!

by

Do we really need another parenting class? Isn't it enough to just follow our instincts?

Love Unconditional

Love Unconditional

by

"I could always tell my parents about mistakes I made because no matter what, I knew they would always love me."

The Jewish Woman's Regret Chart

The Jewish Woman's Regret Chart

by

Alphabetically arranged for easy reference.

My Son's Bar Mitzvah

My Son's Bar Mitzvah

by

"It's not about the bills, it's not about the bills," intones the mother, as the family gets revved up planning a meaningful Bar Mitzvah experience for the first born son.

Circus, Circus

Circus, Circus

by

A visit to Las Vegas shows up the seductiveness of illusion, and reinforces that there is no place like home.

The Problem of Raising Typical Kids

The Problem of Raising Typical Kids

by

Parents of kids who fight, forget their bathing suit and crumple their schoolwork sometimes need to be reminded that their kids are "normal."

The Restorative Power of Kindness

The Restorative Power of Kindness

by

We read inspirational books to reassure ourselves that kind and caring people still exist. Yet, so easily, we could be one of them.

The Winning Team

The Winning Team

by

Little league has a bad rap -- frustrated coaches, over-invested parents and damaged kids -- but it is possible for it to generate a healthy Jewish experience.

Independence Day

Independence Day

by

A child's first driving lesson sends her mother into a panic.

Summer In the City

Summer In the City

by

Call me Scrooge. Call me the Grinch. I hate (or rather, as we say around our house, I'm not fond of) the summer.

Material Girl

Material Girl

by

I was flipping through one of those women's magazines that no one ever admits to reading when an ad caught my eye.

Two and One-Half Hours a Day

Two and One-Half Hours a Day

by

Carpooling may be a nuisance, but it shows your children you truly care about their education.

Who Comes First -- Your Spouse or Your Children?

Who Comes First -- Your Spouse or Your Children?

by

Children will go on to forge lives of their own, but the relationship with your spouse is forever. It fosters growth like no other relationship can.

Letting Go: Notes From a Mother

Letting Go: Notes From a Mother

by

As a teenage daughter leaves home, one mother panics, takes stock and lets go.

Facing the World: A Daughter's Relection

Facing the World: A Daughter's Relection

by Dena Heller

As she crosses the threshold from her teens into adulthood, a young woman takes stock of who she has to thank for her confidence and love of life.

A Weighty Issue

A Weighty Issue

by

An obsession with dieting is not a Torah value, but neither is preoccupation with food. The challenge is striking a balance in today's fat-conscious world.

Shop 'Til You Drop

Shop 'Til You Drop

by

What is it with adolescent girls and shopping? One mother's battle for perspective.

No Ordinary Dinner

No Ordinary Dinner

by

Meeting a real Jewish hero reminds us that we all have the power to make our dreams a reality - and the world a better place.

Blessed be God ... Who Didn't Make Me a Man

Blessed be God ... Who Didn't Make Me a Man

by

Jewish feminism doesn't mean wanting to be a man. It means thanking God for creating you perfectly female.

Quality Time

Quality Time

by

Quality time is a myth. Yes it sometimes happens, but scheduling it is impossible.

The Fountain of Youth

The Fountain of Youth

by

Trying out the new anti-wrinkle cream while pondering how aging can be beautiful.

"A Question of Trust"

by

"Why am I a nervous wreck?" A planned trip to Israel becomes an unexpected test of faith.

The Treadmill

The Treadmill

by

A dedicated anti-exerciser gets on the treadmill – and can't get off.

Everything I Know About God, I Learned From My Parents

Everything I Know About God, I Learned From My Parents

by

Kids start to learn about the Creator of the world from their own creators – mom and dad.

Chaos

Chaos

by

I had a house, and then I had children. Preserve your sanity and let go of your attachment of the physical world.

Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine

by

Bring out the Godiva! But don't forget to express your love on Feb. 15th, 16th, 17th and...

Intimacy after Children

Intimacy after Children

by

The perils of neglecting your spouse.