Taking Care of Mother

I couldn’t face the degree of my mother’s debility. She had been my rock and now the roles were reversed.

Hindi Krinsky’s Passion Inspires Thousands of Children

Even after her tragic death last year at age 32, a passionate Long Island teacher is keeping the flame of education burning bright for thousands of children across America.

My Family’s Unique Cast of Characters at the Passover Seder

Each family has its unique cast, but we all share the same story that stretches back three thousand years.

Thank You Doctor

When I was a child my father had prostate cancer.

Bubby 2.0

I used to yearn for the perfect Bubby – wise and kind, unshakeable in her faith, kvelling over the grandchildren. But I had Nanny instead.

Giving Thanks to Seymour

My late stepfather was one of 500,000 Jews who fought in WWII.

What’s Jewish about Adopting a Pet? Apparently, A Lot

Raising my children in a home with rescued animals is teaching them compassion and kindness.

The Feminine Light: Chanukah’s Internal Power

It’s the radiance emanating from within the home, not the dazzle from without, that ultimately lights up the darkness.

Just Add Love: Holocaust Survivors Share their Stories and Recipes

For years I watched Eva, an Auschwitz survivor, cooking up feasts from a battered old recipe book. It turned out to be a book with an incredible story.

After My Husband’s Passing: Life as a Challah Recipe

Learning from the salty moments and holding on to the sugary ones as long as I can.

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.

A Bathroom Tale: A True Story for Elul

Awareness is the first step to change.

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.

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.

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