Rosh Hashanah: Making Room for God

It is when we are broken that we recognize God as our true home.

Bat Mitzvah Reflections

A letter to my daughter upon her Bat Mitzvah.

Bringing Judaism Home

Add boiling water and watch love grow.

A Sacred Remembrance

Shavuot was the day my grandmother arrived in Auschwitz.

Me and My Boys

The question no one asks: "What was it like to get divorced with two children still in diapers?"

My Lost iPod Cable

In Egypt, the Jewish people were hanging on by a tiny thread. So was I.

Passover's Magic

Passover is coming and I have entirely missed the point.

Unmasking God’s Love

This Purim, grab a piece of God's unconditional love, and dance.

The Music of Opportunity

Patrick Henry Hughes can teach us all a lesson about reaching our potential.

Interference

Why I gave up TV.

Fun vs. Joy

Finding the keys to happiness this Chanukah.

Lily's Magic

A little girl inspires us to rise to life's challenge.

You First

Reckoning with forces that split a family apart.

Mama's Hands

Every wrinkle held a story.

Sometimes

It's mundane. It's magical. It's motherhood.

Gorgeous George

George doesn’t walk, he waltzes.

Birth Plan

Our personal variation of "Man plans, God laughs."

Standing Before God

Having just turned 43, never married, no kids, I was having a tough time getting up the enthusiasm to pray for these same things once again

Broken

Suddenly a single parent, the shofar's long wail echoed the one in my heart.

Emergency Landing

The plane plummeted downwards, oxygen masks dropped, and we thought this was the end.

Playing Our Piece

Finding a reason in life to sing.

The Shiva Call

Inspiration from a house of mourning.

A Letter to My Father

It's been 13 years but there is still a crack in my heart.

Fathers and Memories

Daughters never forget.

A Life Cut Short

My mother died when she was almost 98 years old. We thought she'd live forever.

My Mom

My mother blessed me with the ability to say amen to both life and death.

Surveillance

Visitors to Israel from the Far East discover a brilliant, new monitoring system: the mezuzah.

Cherishing Your Past

Passover reminds us that not only can't you escape your past, but you have to cherish it too.

Snow Angels

Paving a path for our children.

These Lights We Kindle

Appreciating miracles every day.

A Knock on the Window

Sometimes it's the small gestures that penetrate most deeply.

Nothing's been the Same

Life sure has changed, my little one, ever since you've joined the family.

No One to Blame

A taxi ride to somewhere unexpected.

The Key to Life

To me, it is a miracle that anyone can conceive a child unassisted.

Clinging to Life

This was my third pregnancy and it was going blissfully well. How things can change in an instant.

Life's Final Chapter

As I took care of my dying mother, a new bond was created.

My Mother the Judge

Watching Judge Lefkowitz balance the needs of four generations and a seat on the New York State Supreme Court was impressive, especially to her daughter.

My Grandfather's Maror

Some bitter herbs cannot be eaten.

The Necklace

The true meaning of loving your fellow Jew.

Snowed Out

Was I supposed to be stuck in town that weekend just for this purpose?

Touching the World of Angels

How my daughter's short life changed mine.

What Arafat Said

Was it only in my imagination that I was smarter than my father?

The Plain Jane Society

Perfection eludes us all, but acceptance does not have to.

Chanukah Unplugged

Our Chanukah candles shone extra-bright last year. That's because they were the only lights in our house.

Glass of Gratitude

It's always totally full.

Losing Little One

The sudden loss of a pregnancy shakes the world of a young mother-to-be.

Birthday Blues

Somehow birthdays morphed into a day of doors closing behind me with a final thud.

Final Request

I knew Bubby would be leaving this world soon, and I was determined to be with her before it happened.

Passing the Flame

Marking my son for life.

Dad's Presence

Now I listen to Dad better than ever.

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