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Kindness Begins at Home

Kindness Begins at Home

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Why do we feel proud of ourselves for cooking for an acquaintance who just gave birth and burdened by making dinner for our families?

Not in the Mood

Not in the Mood

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It's the giving that counts, not the feeling.

Warmth on the Glacier

Warmth on the Glacier

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Jewish unity in Alaska.

Unimaginable Perseverance

Unimaginable Perseverance

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Brooke Ellison is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down, and she's running for NY State senator.

19 Minutes a Day

19 Minutes a Day

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Is that enough time to let your child know he or she is a top priority?

Standing Up for Israel

Standing Up for Israel

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This is a time of trouble for our people, and there is no standing on the sidelines. We all need to be counted.

You've Got a Friend

You've Got a Friend

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Our support and trust network is shrinking, and yes we should care.

Shamu and the Happy Marriage

Shamu and the Happy Marriage

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Want to change your spouse's behavior? Reward desired action and ignore the undesirable.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

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If teachers believed in the abilities of all of their students, they'd all achieve significantly more.

You're Beautiful

You're Beautiful

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Of course it's more important to be kind, but beauty matters.

The Meaningful Job

The Meaningful Job

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No job, however important, can provide our lives with all the meaning we need and seek.

Leave It to Mrs. Cleaver

Leave It to Mrs. Cleaver

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Eating together as a family is not a luxury.

Hardwired

Hardwired

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It's in the hardwiring, but does that make gossip good?

Distracted by Television

Distracted by Television

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Turn off the TV and relate to your spouse.

Future Predictions

Future Predictions

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We spend too much time on big worries for the future, and too little on the small kindnesses of the present.

Letting Go Revisited

Letting Go Revisited

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Sending off my kids to Israel is getting harder, not easier.

Understanding of the Heart

Understanding of the Heart

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Women's problems aren't new; the angst is. Here's the first step toward sanity

Living to Eat

Living to Eat

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What should food mean to us?

Limiting Our Children's Education

Limiting Our Children's Education

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Being well-rounded is neither an appropriate nor useful goal for children's education.

Re-Inventing Our Lives

Re-Inventing Our Lives

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Don't believe the women's magazines. Passover tells us how to truly re-invent ourselves.

Passover: The Ultimate Immersion Course

Passover: The Ultimate Immersion Course

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Passover so dominates our minds and actions, it's almost impossible not to grow from the experience.

Good and Bad Advice

Good and Bad Advice

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This line has got to be one of the worst pieces of advice.

Hovering Too Low

Hovering Too Low

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Many parents today are hovering over their children and denying them the opportunity to be responsible.

Post-Feminism Discontent

Post-Feminism Discontent

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A new study shows that just maybe marriages with more rigidly defined roles lead to happier women.

Dressing Up at Home

Dressing Up at Home

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Casual is not an attitude for a Jewish woman.

Who's Afraid of Commitment?

Who's Afraid of Commitment?

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Getting married warrants a good dose of fear.

A Private Affair

A Private Affair

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The boundaries between public and private, family and community, have all become blurred, to our detriment.

Big Bully

Big Bully

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To make a real change in the school yard, we need to stop rewarding bullying in the business world.

Telling Israel What She Should Do

Telling Israel What She Should Do

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Israel is not and should not be independent of Jews throughout the rest of the world.

Men's Rights

Men's Rights

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I don't know how "separate but equal" ever turned into superior, but I never bought it.

Judging Alito

Judging Alito

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Can we ever escape our past?

Challenges

Challenges

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If you think life is supposed to run smoothly and easily, I can promise you a life of frustration.

They Fired Me!

They Fired Me!

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We all recognize that our jobs are not our essence, but many of us are far from living with that reality.

Gen-X Envy

Gen-X Envy

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They're mastering the work-life balance. Now comes the hard part.

Munich Revisited

Munich Revisited

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Under the guise of caring, there is actually a doctrine of indifference.

Bring It On!

Bring It On!

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When extravagance is called for.

Stealing from Starbucks

Stealing from Starbucks

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Is my friend a hero?

Bat Mitzvah Hoopla

Bat Mitzvah Hoopla

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There is an irony that this traditional celebration of the assumption of responsibilities seems to actually illustrate the lack thereof.

Stop Kvetching

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Complaining is a poor substitute for productivity and genuine care.

My Wrinkles

My Wrinkles

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Do I really want my happiness to hinge on the success of the latest anti-wrinkle cream?

Can't You Guys Tidy Up?!

Can't You Guys Tidy Up?!

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Isn't there some way we can imbue our children with a neatness gene?

You Can't Always Get What You Want

You Can't Always Get What You Want

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Relating to God can't be reduced to magical formulas or good luck charms.

Let Your Husband Do the Dishes

Let Your Husband Do the Dishes

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Why would anyone assume the specific work of a home and a marriage should all fall on only one spouse?

Same-Sex Education

Same-Sex Education

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There are many benefits to taking the male-female dynamic out of the education equation.

Despicably Rich

Despicably Rich

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Why do so many people dislike the wealthy and secretly desire their downfall?

Yom Kippur China

Yom Kippur China

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Nicks and cracks on our souls are ultimately more expensive that those on our Mikasa dishes, but unlike our plates, these holes can be filled.

It's Rosh Hashana. Don't Panic.

It's Rosh Hashana. Don't Panic.

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Sometimes the biggest spiritual challenge in preparing for a Yom Tov occurs at the supermarket.

Life's Change Agent

Life's Change Agent

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Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.

Acts of God

Acts of God

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This is a time to stop talking and blaming, and start giving.

I'm Not in the Mood

I'm Not in the Mood

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It's the giving that counts, not the feeling.

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