How 3 Previous Pandemics Changed the World

From the rise and fall of major religions to the very structure of society, mass outbreaks have challenged paradigms that appeared set in stone. There’s a chance COVID-19 will, too.

Lessons from Lockdown

My top three transformative takeaways.

Embracing Insecurity: COVID-19 and Sukkot

The pandemic has stripped away security. But we don't need the security of yesterday to be happy today.

The Difference between Success and Happiness

Sukkot and the shortage of psychiatrists in Silicon Valley.

Sukkot and Corona: Three Major Messages

Exploring the timely relevance of this Jewish holiday.

The Joy of Admitting We Don't Know

Humility, nuance and admitting we don’t know are not signs of weakness, but strength.

Auschwitz Museum Director Offers to Trade Places with Imprisoned Child

Piotr Cywinski is offering to serve time in prison in Nigeria so a child imprisoned for blasphemy can go free.

The Ballerina of Auschwitz

Dr. Edith Eger offers keys to free ourselves from our own prisons of the mind.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Modeling Civility

The late justice displayed respect and warmth to all.

The Billionaire who Gave Away His Fortune

Charles Feeney gave away $8 billion to charity. And he did it anonymously.

Why Dip into Honey?

There are many ways to add sweetness to the new year. What is the significance of honey?

The Song of the Pomegranate

The deeper significance of this Rosh Hashana fruit.

Why is a Terrorist Speaking at San Francisco State University?

The university should rescind their invitation to Leila Khaled and take a stand against terrorism.

Anti-Semitism in Two Hit TV Shows

The Umbrella Academy and Lovecraft Country trafficked in damaging anti-Jewish slurs.

The Origin of Life

Explaining how life began is the biggest unsolved question in science today.

Helpful Things We Can Do Instead of Corona Shaming

When looking out at the world, make sure to clean your windows first.

Teenagers Are Mourning for a Life that Suddenly Ceased to Function

In our rush to retain some semblance of normalcy we haven’t allowed our kids to mourn what they've lost.

Growing Up Jewish In the South

By fierce example, my father taught me the importance of social justice, equality and fairness.

Our Two Sinks, Two Dish Washers Conundrum

My husband wants them and I think they’re luxuries we don’t need.

The Song of the Grapevine

Contemplate the Jewish symbolism of the grapevine and its wine.

Bystander or Hero: Who Do You Want to Be?

You don’t need to jump in front of an oncoming train, like my cousin, to be a hero. You have to stand up to harassment, bullying or other injustices.

Masks and How We Relate to Others

The pandemic has made us more sensitive to the fact that everyone has the capacity to harm another – with our germs, with our words, with our actions.

Creating a Culture of Hate

Where will the culture of internet attacks lead? The diaries of Nazi opponent Friedrich Kellner offer warnings.

The LA Jewish Community Is Thanking Local Police and Increasing Community Safety

Public-private security coordination is the name of the game in today’s new reality. Bringing good food helps, too.

Orthodox Jew Falsely Accused of Treason

For years Dr. David Tenenbaum has worked to clear his name.

7 Things An American Pickle Gets Right about Judaism

Surprisingly, Seth Rogen's film gets a number of things right about Judaism and the Jewish immigrant experience.

Resentful Working at a Hospital

Why can't a colleague and fellow working mom work as much as I do?

Zvi Suchet’s Radiant Portal: An Online Exhibit

A unique selection of art depicting Jewish Magical Realism.

The One-Handed Pianist

Leon Fleisher, who recently died at 92, built a piano career despite losing use of his right hand.

Hiroshima and the Pilot’s Tear

How a survivor of the atom bomb stopped hating the pilot who flew the plane.

Fear of Speech is Replacing Freedom of Speech

Culturally, the freedom to express unpopular views has never been more endangered.

Take Holocaust Denial Off Facebook

In the #NoDenyingIt campaign, Holocaust survivors ask Facebook to remove Holocaust denial.

Minimizing News Consumption is Keeping Me Sane

The quickest way to make yourself crazy is to focus on everything in life you cannot control.

Why We Still Mourn the Destruction of the Temple

If we're not a unified family, we no longer need the house.

The Origins of Antisemitic Conspiracies

Antisemitic ideas in America today and the conspiracy theories that drive them.

The Jewish Owner of The New York Times

A century ago Jewish newsman Adolph Ochs made the New York Times America’s premier newspaper.

Pandemic of Hate

We can either choose to divide or connect. Dividers spew hate, connectors share love.

Bari Weiss and the New York Times

The paper has lost sight of its "deepest responsibility to make readers think".

Queen of Bananagrams

Life lessons we can learn from playing Bananagrams.

Increasingly Cruel Cancel Culture

Don't let a legitimate goal – overcoming racial bigotry – turn into a frenzy of character assassination and public humiliation.

A Wife who is Overworked and Underappreciated

I wish my husband would acknowledge the fact that I'm working very hard, especially during Covid-19.

Sports with No Spectators

Greatness isn't measured by the applause of the crowds.

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