We All Want to Fly: Two Short Messages for My Kids

God is speaking to us all the time, if we just look for His messages.

Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family Revolutionized Jewish Children's Literature

Warm, intimate and full of fun, I adopted Taylor’s fictional family as my own make-believe family.

I’m Not Asking for Much This Rosh Hashanah

As the New Year is rapidly approaching, I’m relieved to know that this year I’m not asking for too much.

My Best, Hard-Earned Advice for Caregivers

The importance of self-care, support groups, and helping others, and the role of guilt and grief in the caregiving process.

Me, A Zaidy?

I cringed inside every time my granddaughter called me Zaidy.

My Mother Died and Suddenly I'm Gardening

While I am busy with fertilizing the soil, pulling the weeds, and feeding the plants, I am digging for something much deeper.

A Face in the Window: A Father's Day Tribute

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

A Doctor's Life: A Tribute to My Brilliant Father

Sitting shiva enabled me to appreciate my father's genuine greatness.

The First Yahrzeit: Missing Saadya

No one heals from a loss of a child.

What Motherhood has Taught Me

Becoming a mother is the hardest choice I've ever made. And by far the best.

My Sons Were at Meron

We got the call in the middle of the night. “Something’s going on in Meron. Is anybody from our family there?”

I Didn’t Think My Mother would Die from Covid-19

My mother passed away right before Passover. Twelve hours earlier, the idea of losing my mother was unthinkable.

The Grandparents I Never Knew

I only knew that they had been killed by terrible people called Nazis during the war.

What Alzheimer’s Taught Me About Love

My father didn’t know if I was his daughter or his sister, but I’ve always known exactly who I am. I am the little girl my father adored.

The Rabbi on Facebook

I’m Jewish but not at all religious. Yet somehow I found something in the rabbi's words and feel less alone.

Being Jewish on Christmas

Amidst all the talk about eggnog, I realized the special blessing of Shabbat.

My Father's Gift of Silence

Sometimes it’s what we don't say that becomes our greatest gift.

My “Concerning” Mammogram

I discovered that strong comes in many different ways.

Genetic Testing: Our Surprising Path to IVF

Our genetic test revealed that we were both carriers of a mutation of Type 1 Gaucher disease.

A Yom Kippur Birth, An Autism Diagnosis, and a COVID-19 Bar Mitzvah Birthday

Learning to live in the moment, to focus on the things I can control, and to let go of what I can’t.

Fractured Families: Forgiveness and Healing

Family rifts are extremely painful. Reconciling is a real possibility.

Silent Mourners

The children weren't allowed to go to their friend's funeral. Thanks to one psychotherapist, here's what they did instead.

Why Our Children Cry

Because they have someone to cry to.

Mourning My Mother during Covid-19

My mother, a Holocaust survivor, dying alone and waiting in limbo four days to be buried were the first signs that respecting the deceased was compromised.

Miscarriage and Blessings

I was in emotional pain but I knew that God doesn't send me something that I can't handle.

Yiddish Curses, Missing Thumbs, and Life Lessons

To some she was a crochety old lady. To me, she was my beloved Aunt Bea.

The Twelve Gifts of a Bat Mitzvah

You'll need to unwrap these twelve gifts over and over again throughout your life. They're the soul powers that you're born with and must reveal.

My Bubby’s Blessings

Despite her dementia, Bubby never forgot to bless God.

My Hillel Moment

The scene: our two-bedroom with one bathroom, 4 kids under 7 and a newborn baby I just brought home. Today I tried to take a shower.

Look for the Helpers

Celebrating heroism instead of amplifying our differences.

My Mother’s Courage

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

My Personal Passover Miracle

For my wife and me, it was nothing less than a personal Passover miracle.

Be The Light: The Power of Lighting Candles in Judaism

Bring the beauty of candle light into your home this Passover Shabbat.

When God Means Business

Feeling the love during the tough times.

Cissy’s Tiny Kitchen

The lessons I learned from my Great Aunt Cissy are helping me deal with the coronavirus.

Mile High Mazel Tov

The remarkable story surrounding my son’s birth and lessons we can all learn from it.

A Love by Choice

I had no idea that getting passports for my kids would result in the dramatic revelation that would change how my kids view me and their grandfather.

6 Rosh Hashanah Customs at Home

Ways to connect on Rosh Hashanah when you’re not in synagogue.

Letting Go of My Boys

Two different boys, two different journeys.

And Sarah Laughed: Facing Infertility on Rosh Hashanah

With the new year come new opportunities for change and growth, and new opportunities for our prayers to be answered.

Rebbetzin Faigy Hoch: My Teacher, My Friend

The world is a darker place without her bright smile and warmth, without her humility and constant gratitude.

ADHD Helped My Granny Survive Auschwitz

Thank God she wasn't diagnosed back in the 30’s. Her impulsivity, spunkiness and penchant for breaking the rules enabled her to get through the Holocaust.

A Time to Sew, a Time to Rend

As a child Beth’s father frightened me. Today, I recognize that he suffered from mental illness and his rages against his family were all symptoms of his disorder.

So We Fixed It? A Child's Thoughts After Tisha B'Av

It may not be burning anymore but it still isn’t fixed.

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