Our Mother Rachel

What is so special about Rachel that we commemorate her death more than any of the other matriarchs and patriarchs?

A Father’s Love and Rosh Hashanah

Why do refer to God as our Father, and not as our Mother? My newborn son gave me the answer.

Behind the Façade, a Human Being

People are much more complex (and interesting!) than the simple roles in which we cast them.

Yong: Brave and Beautiful

The miracle finally occurred: we adopted a baby boy from Korea.

Invitations to Heaven

As we prepare for our son’s wedding, I’m thinking of all the people who touched our lives.

A Face in the Window

As Father's Day approaches, I am haunted by one most vivid and moving scene from my childhood.

My Mother’s Courage

During the Holocaust my mother saved my father’s life at great risk to her own.

My Year of Going Out of My Comfort Zone

I chose to tackle the challenge of public speaking. God had other plans.

These Biblical Women Are the Ultimate Mother and Daughter-in-Law

It’s not enough for Jews to consider themselves the “Chosen people;” we also need to be the choosing people.

A Letter to My Beloved Sister

Thank you for giving me the gift of your beautiful soul.

Slovie's Letter to Her Son on His Wedding Day

This is the message I want you to always remember.

My Carpet Tells a Story

Getting my living room carpet cleaned uncovered a startling truth.

The Narcissist Next Door

Was the problem me or her? Sometimes it’s hard to know.

Yehuda Fell!: My Lesson in Gratitude

As my son lay below me, silent and motionless, thoughts raced through my mind.

What Happened to Time?

When I was a kid, I wanted everything to hurry up. Now I can’t slow it down.

PODCAST: Lighting up the Darkness with Our Family on Chanukah

Orit Esther Riter on Chanukah’s message of clarity and purpose. Embed Code:

How Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray Kept One Man Alive

Nothing was going to keep Richard Wade from seeing Murray join the 3000 hit club. Not even cancer.

Honey: Interesting Facts

Some fun honey facts to start your new off right.

6 Mindful Eating Tips for Your Body and Soul

For starters, eat only when you’re hungry.

PODCAST: How to Give Charity without Writing a Check

How to tap into the power of this transformational time period.

In Doggy Heaven: Farewell to My Faithful Friend

At the equivalent of 105 in human years, our dog’s time had come. I miss him.

Mourning What Could Have Been

Grieving the loss of potential new life connected me to mourning the destruction of the Temple.

Dreaming in Left Field

Even though he can’t hit the baseball, my son dreams of greatness.

The Blessing of a Rented Room

I was 36 years old and running out of options

Why I Burned 30 Years of Journals

To move forward, don’t look back.

A Granddaughter Without

From beggars and millionaires to Kabbalists and cynics, everyone was captured by my grandfather’s warmth.

Neurosurgery for My Newborn

I was unprepared for the emotional upheaval we were about to experience.

My Father’s Holocaust Club

It was a club I had no interest in joining. But my son’s brain tumor dictated otherwise.

Knocked Out by the Flu

Unable to get up from my bed I was forced to face the uncomfortable truth: I am not in control.

Walking 5:30 in the Morning

You? Exercise? At 5:30 AM? This will last maybe three days.

Lives Intertwined

My mother saved a woman’s baby. Little did she know how that woman would repay the kindness.

Children and the Art of Saying Sorry

Learning how to say sorry from our children this Yom Kippur.

My Dreams and Mid-Life Crisis

My mother used to say that nothing is engraved in stone. But that’s not true. Our life is full of engravings.

Dear Single Mother

I was blown away by an encounter I had with one of your 7 children.

40 Ways Life is Better at 40

Since turning 40, I’m a different person.

Step-Father's Day

Sometimes the best parents aren't the one you're born with.

5 Things to Do to Beat the Pre-Passover Blues

Stressed out? Here’s what you need to do.

The Mourning After

My year of saying Kaddish for my father.

Mommy, Do Children Die?

A heart-to-heart talk with my young daughter.

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